European shares propped up by firmer bank and retail stocks



* STOXX 600 index up 0.4 percent
* Edenred gains after strategic plan (Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Oct 19 European stocks rose on Wednesday as gains in the shares of major banks and retail companies offset weaker earnings elsewhere in the market.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.4 percent, although the index remains down by around 6 percent since the start of 2016.
The European bank index got a lift to stand 1.1 percent higher after Wall Street... read more

 
19 October 2016 in World News, Views: 34
Source: Reuters
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