European stock markets drop at open

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Adam Gault

Europe's main stock markets lost ground in opening deals on Friday, as investors took profits after solid gains the previous day.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of major blue-chip companies fell 0.3% to 6 780.84 points, dented also by news that the UK economy slumped 2.6% in November from October.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index slipped 0.3% to 13 942.09 points and the Paris CAC 40 declined 0.5% to 5 653.82.

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