Late Thursday afternoon saw European shares lose ground as data from America depressed sentiment.
Miners and energy stocks felt the heat the most, and metals led a downward trend in commodity prices.
The principal culprit was a surprise contraction in America’s services sector in November.
In company news Heineken, the world’s number three brewer gained over three percent on a trader’s “outperform” recommendation. Germany’s top European engineer Siemens dropped nearly six percent after reporting its first quarterly loss in a year.
Speculation France’s biggest insurer Axa may be preparing a bid drove Irish Life and Permanent, Ireland’s biggest mortgage lender, over six percent higher.