European stock markets ended lower. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index ended with a loss of 13.60 points, or 0.26%, to 5,253.30, despite news that U.K. February retail sales rose 1.5%, more than expected. In France, the CAC 40 lost 23.90 points, or 0.52%, to 4,579.90. In Germany, the DAX Index fell 17.57 points, or 0.33%, to 5,347.13.
Asia markets ended lower. In Japan, the markets are closed for Vernal Equinox Day. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng fell 206.87 points, or 1.87%, to close at 10,829.73.