European markets were mixed on Friday amid a drop in UK consumer confidence and a mixed bag of earnings on the last trading day of July. In the UK, the overall mood was dampened by a dip in the monthly GfK consumer confidence index, down three points to a reading of 4 in July as fears of a Greek exit from the euro rattled sentiment. A separate report showed euor-area inflation stable at 0.2% in July. Among individual stocks, ITV rose after John Malone’s Liberty Global said it had boosted its stake in the British broadcaster to 9.9%. InterContinental Hotels Group was down after the company denied reports that it was in merger talks with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. And British Airways parent IAG lost a bit of altitude after declaring its takeover offer for Ireland’s Aer Lingus unconditional.