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European Stocks Post Longest Losing Streak in Eight Weeks

European stocks posted their longest losing streak in eight weeks amid speculation that the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting will give further details of when the central bank will slow its monthly bond purchases.

Heineken NV dropped 4 percent after the world’s third-largest brewer said that profit before some items will not grow in 2013. HSBC Holdings Plc and BHP Billiton Ltd. slid, contributing the most to losses by gauges of banks and commodity producers. Vestas Wind Systems A/S jumped the most in four weeks as the unprofitable Danish wind-turbine maker named a new chief executive officer.