European stocks slipped Friday in a session that saw weaker than expected eurozone economic data hit the market while politics returned to the fore given the one-year anniversary of the U.K. having gone to the polls and voted for Brexit.
Purchasing managers surveys (PMIs) economic data was mixed in Europe during the early hours with services sector activity weaker than expected in France, Germany and the eurozone as a whole during the recent month. Manufacturing surveys were firmer.
In Brussels, political leaders from across Europe met for a summit on a day that marked the first anniversary since Britain's vote to leave the EU.
The FTSE 100 ended the day 0.20% lower at 7,424 while its sibling FTSE 250 index rose 0.14%, to 19,687.
In Frankfurt, the DAX index fell 0.47% to close at 12,733 and in Paris, the CAC 40 index slipped 0.30%, to 5,268.
Over in Southern Europe, the IBEX in Madrid and the FTSE MIB in Milan were both lower by 0.50% or more.
The automotive sector was broadly lower, and a primary weight on benchmarks, with Valeo (VLEEY) , Peugeot (PEUGF) and Renault (RNSDF) the top fallers in Paris and Volkswagen (VLKAY) and BMW (BMWYY) both lower in Frankfurt.