LONDON ( The Deal) -- European stock indices fell on Thursday, taking their cue from declining Chinese indices after price data pointed to economic weakness.
In London, the FTSE 100 fell 0.20% to 6,816.55. In Frankfurt, the DAX fell 0.06% to 9,649.09. The CAC in Paris fell 0.42% to 4,433.13.
U.S. weekly jobless data, out at 8:30 a.m. EDT, may shape the course of afternoon trading. After markets close, European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi will speak at about 9 p.m. local time in Milan, with his comments likely to be closely watched after last week's rate cuts.
In London, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG) headed higher after they said separately that they would redomicile from Scotland to England in the event of a "yes" victory in the Scottish independence referendum next week. National Australia Bank said it would do the same for its Clydesdale Bank subsidiary. The institutions are following in the footsteps of Edinburgh-based insurer Standard Life.
A slew of London-listed retailers posted trading updates.
Electronics retailer Darty, hose business is on mainland Europe, was down close to 6% after releasing first-quarter figures. The company reported 5.9% sales growth -- or 1.7% on a same-store basis -- and said France is doing well, while it had made a market share gains in the Netherlands. But it said gross margins fell and voiced caution about the outlook.
Home Retail Group plunged about 6% after first-half figures showed growth slowed in the second quarter and that sales at the retailer's Argos variety-store chain fell below expectations in the second quarter. The company's CEO said the U.K. consumer recovery is still not a "sustainable, broad-based" one. British clothing retailer Next also declined on disappointing first-half profit figures.