European stocks drop at open

January 22, 2021: European stocks fell at the open Friday, extending the previous session's falls as the focus switches back to the economic impact of fresh virus lockdowns.

After a mini boost for equities earlier in the week as Joe Biden took office as US president, stock markets are starting to slip back.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index opened with a loss of 0.3 percent at 6,693.37 points after official data Friday revealed weak UK retail sales and a further surge in government borrowing to support the virus-hit economy.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index dropped 0.4 percent to 13,853.34 points and the Paris CAC 40 shed 0.3 percent to 5,571.75.

AFP/APP

Posted on: 2021-01-22T13:46:00+05:00

39344