European stock indices edge lower on Wednesday though Chinese indices end a four-day slide thanks to falling money market rates. German data points to a highly confident consumer, with the Gfk¿s index at a seven-year high, while Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev posts better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and a positive outlook for some major markets this year. And in Tokyo the prospect of diversification pleases Panasonic investors.

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