European markets were mixed on Friday as falls in Asia, yesterday’s change of mood on Wall Street and geopolitical uncertainty weighed on sentiment. But Paris seemed to float above the fray as French consumer confidence stayed stable and the Eurozone remains unlikely to consider interest rate rises when London and New York go up. Printer De La Rue and solid waste handler Shanks warn on profits in difficult market conditions. Telecom Italia gets a boost from rumored takeover interest. Fyffes and Chiquita hope to rescue their banana merger.

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