Europe Markets End Mixed

Asia stocks end mixed; Canada shares inch higher at close

European markets finished mixed. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished down 8.4 points, or 0.20%, at 4,198.00, amid data that U.K. consumer confidence unexpectedly fell in August. A blackout hit most London after the market close, but the lights are coming back although news wires say it's a slow process. While electronic trading may have been disrupted, it looks like things should be back to normal for Friday's session.

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