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European stock markets finished lower. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index fell 31.10 points, or 0.71%, to 4,378.90, on profit taking. Investors there got positive economic resports showing expanded factory output and projected economic growth in 2004.
In Paris, the CAC 40 lost 18.40 points, or 0.53%, to 3,471.86, amid a drop in French consumer confidence.
Germany's DAX index slipped 11.94 points, or 0.31%, to 3,809.26, even though the government reported retail sales rose 0.4% in October.
Asian stock markets finished mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 6.88 points, or 0.07%, to 10,410.15. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index shed 44.76 points, or 0.36%, to finish at 12,412.23.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 3.03 points, or 0.04%, to 7,927.60.