Europe Markets End Mixed

Tokyo stocks end flat; Canada shares fall modestly at close

European stock markets closed mixed Thursday. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index eased 34.40 points, or 0.76%, to 4,476.80 on reports that December house prices rose at their strongest pace in 13 months, heightening fears that the Bank of England will raise rates soon to blunt the inflation trend. But some investors were encouraged by a report that manufacturing and services growth revived in the fourth quarter.

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