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Europe: Stock markets inch up at open


[LONDON] European stocks inched up at the start of trading on Friday following a healthy batch of growth data out of the United States and as investors awaited eurozone inflation and jobs data.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.23 per cent to 6,684.32 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 was up 0.34 per cent at 5,063.47 points.

In Germany, Frankfurt's DAX 30 rose 0.13 per cent to 11,271.31.

The US Commerce Department on Thursday said the world's top economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in the April-June period, the strongest rate since the third quarter of 2014.