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Most stock indices traded lower due to the weak German retail sales and speculations over further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.
The German adjusted retail sales dropped 0.9% in April, after a 0.7% decline in March. Analysts had expected a 0.4% rise.
The unadjusted retail sales in Germany climbed 3.4% in April, after a decrease of 1.9% in March.
Societe Generale SA shares decreased 2.1% after its Russian unit posted a drop in first-quarter profit.
BNP Paribas SA shares declined 2.9% due to the company may be forced to pay a penalty exceeding $10 billion in the U.S.
Indexes on the close:
Name Price Change Change %
FTSE 100 6,844.51 -26.78 -0.39%
DAX 9,943.27 +4.37 +0.04%
CAC 40 4,519.57 -10.94 -0.24%
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