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No Easter treats for Europe as stagnation fears hit markets

Emily Horton

European stocks were down on Thursday ahead of the Easter break, as yet more indicators pointed to malaise in the region’s economy. In the U.K., the FTSE 100 (UK:UKX) lost 0.2% to 7457.02 after finishing flat the previous day, while Germany’s DAX fell by 0.3% to 12,122.03 and France dipped 0.4% to 5,542.17. Italy’s FTSE MIB (IT:I945) was the biggest loser among regional indices on Thursday, swooning 0.6% to 21,873.95.