Europe Markets End Higher

Asia shares finish lower; Canada stocks end with losses

European stock markets finished Wednesday higher. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index finished higher by 21.10 points, or 0.47%, at 4,468.10. The results of Lord Hutton's inquiry found that the allegations that the Labour government "sexed up" intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were "unfounded," clearing Tony Blair's government in dishonorable behavior in the death of a British Iraqi weapons expert, and shifting criticism instead to the BBC. Meanwhile, an HSBC report said that U.K. consumer confidence remained high.

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