LONDON ( The Deal) -- European stocks fell on Thursday as Ukraine claimed Russia had stepped up its involvement in the country's civil war and data suggested the eurozone's economic recovery remains tentative.
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Unemployment in Germany, the eurozone's largest economy, unexpectedly rose in August, though the rate held steady at 6.7%.
Meanwhile, Spanish second-quarter GDP data confirmed the country's economy is on the mend but separate figures showed a 0.5% year-on-year decline in consumer prices in August, a deterioration from the negative 0.3% rate of July.
From Germany later Thursday, analysts are looking for an unchanged August inflation rate of 0.8% and from the U.S. for a 300,000 rise in initial weekly jobless claims, up marginally on July.
In London, the FTSE 100 was down 0.21% at 6,816.25. In Frankfurt, the DAX was down 0.69% at 9,503.61. The CAC in Paris gave up 0.46% to stand at 4,375.06 as of late morning.
In Paris, Vivendi shares fell as a bid war erupted for its GVT's Brazilian broadband unit.
Telecom Italia has submitted a 7 billion euros ($9.2 billion) offer for GVT, including shares in itself, a stake in its Brazilian business and just 1.7 billion euros of cash.
The Italian company is vying for GVT with Telefonica, which has sweetened a previous offer to 7.45 billion euros and given Vivendi a Friday deadline to make up its mind.. The cash element of Telefonica's offer is 4.663 billion euros. The bid also includes a stake in its Brazilian unit, and an option for Vivendi to swap about a third of that holding for Telefonica shares in Telecom Italia.