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Stock indices traded lower. U.S. President Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes against militants in Iraq. Losses were trimmed as news reported that Russia could de-escalate the Ukraine conflict.
Germany's trade surplus decreased to €16.2 billion in June from €18.8 billion in May. Analysts had expected the trade surplus to increase to €19.8 billion.
French industrial production climbed 1.3% in June, beating forecasts of a 1.1% rise, after a 1.6% fall in May. May's figure was revised up from a 2.3% decline.
Britain's trade deficit rose to £9.41 billion in June from £9.15 billion in May. May's figure was revised up from a deficit of £9.20 billion. Analysts had expected the deficit to decline to £8.90 billion in June.
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA shares dropped 8.1% after reporting the weaker-than-expected net loss in the second quarter.
Nokian Renkaat Oyj shares plunged 6.1% after missing second-quarter earnings forecast. The company's sales in Russia plunged 31% in the first half of 2014.
Indexes on the close:
Name Price Change Change %
FTSE 100 6,567.36 -30.01 -0.45%
DAX 9,009.32 -29.65 -0.33%
CAC 40 4,147.81 -2.02 -0.05%
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