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London, Paris and Southern Europe gained while Frankfurt slid Thursday.
Currency markets in focus ahead of BoE rate decision
U.K. retailer rises to the top of the FTSE 100.
Investors focused on the potential for higher interest rates.
Slumping U.K. consumer confidence, which fell to a one-year low Friday amid signs of a slowdown in spending, has sent domestic retail stocks into a tailspin.
Fears over U.K. consumer confidence has grown after one of the U.K.'s top retailers warned of a volatile trading environment, sending retail stocks down.
British consumer facing stocks have been the worst hit in the year since the Brexit vote, as retail sales falter in the face of the impending divorce.
European benchmarks slumped Thursday after the U.S. Fed's decision to hike rates and begin unloading its balance sheet year, while the BoE's also piled pressure onto London.
Next shares fell sharply in Thursday morning trading after it cuts its sales expectations as U.K. consumers feel the bite of inflation.
French and Spanish Stocks were back in the black at noon, leading a partial reversal of earlier losses for the continent as a whole
Markets were buoyant throughout much of the session but turned sharply lower after terror struck the subway system in St Petersburg
European Stocks Pushed Lower as 'Trump Trade' Fizzles
The German DAX led Europe's markets higher Thursday with solid gains in airlines, autos and chemicals
European markets turned positive and U.S. equity futures prices began to indicate a positive open on Wall Street ahead of a key vote on U.S. healthcare reform.
European markets drifted lower Thursday as investors returned to trading after yesterday's deadly terrorist attack in London and await a key vote on U.S. healthcare reform.
Next shares gained in early Thursday trading even as the clothing retailer warned of tough times ahead following a fall in profits during its last fiscal year.
Consumer confidence in the U.K. fell in February as shoppers contend with increased prices and Brexit uncertainty, new figures show, sending supermarket stocks down.
Retail sales in the U.K. fall 1.9% from November, the biggest decline in four and a half years.
U.K. clothing retailer Ted Baker's sales rise 18% over the Christmas period.
Retail sales in December fall 0.1%, industry figures show.
Inflation and Brexit woes may put pressure on U.S. retailers in the U.K. as the pound remains low.
Next CEO Simon Wolfson expresses buyer's remorse on the EU exit as shares plummet on a profit warning.
B&M outperforms fellow retailers during the festive season.
European stocks drifted lower Wednesday as investors await key eurozone inflation data.
Next warns that a tough 2017 could pull down other retailers.
U.K. clothing retailer Next posted weaker-than-expected holiday sales and cautioned on the retail trading outlook in 2017.
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