Europe Roundup: Marts pull back
LONDON: European stock markets pulled backyesterday as traders focused on poor US data plus the United States budget row and its implications for Federal Reserve stimulus, analysts said.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.43 per cent to stand at 6,543.45 points in afternoon trade.
Frankfurt's DAX 30 slid 0.18 per cent to 8,648.99 points and the CAC 40 in Paris gave up 0.25 per cent to 4,185.01.
European stocks had been showing gains in midday trading, but turned down following a disappointing 0.1-per cent gain in United States durable goods orders in August.
In the meantime , the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.01 per cent at 1,258.33 points at 1000GMT. Agencies