Europe Markets End Mixed

Asia markets end lower; Canada shares advance at close

European stock markets were mixed Thursday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 added 25.2 points, or 0.62%, to 4,095.6, after the Bank of England held rates steady at 3.5%, a 48-year low.

In Germany, the DAX Index fell 43.77 points, or 1.3%, to 3,331.89. German industrial production fell 0.2% in June, largely owing to worker strikes. Also, consumer prices fell. In France, the CAC 40 was up 4.41 points, or 0.14%, to 3,130.56.

In Asia, major stock indexes ended lower. Japan's Nikkei index finished down 58.35 points, or 0.63%, to 9,265.56, following Wednesday's Nasdaq declines. Selling was mitigated by profit-taking late in the session. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 29.49 points, or 0.3%, to 9,958.05.

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX advanced 41.21 points, or 0.58%, to 7,180.27.

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