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Europe: Stocks climb at open

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[LONDON] European stock markets rose at the start of trading on Thursday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rising 0.2 per cent to 6,873.24 points.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 won 0.7 per cent to 10,613.08 points and the CAC 40 in Paris gained 0.5 per cent to open at 4,441.20 compared with the close on Wednesday.

The start was in contrast to Tokyo, whose main index slumped Thursday as fading expectations of an imminent Federal Reserve rate hike sparked a rally in the yen against the dollar, hitting exporters including Toyota and Nissan.