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European Stocks in Flux

London and Frankfurt exchanges crept up, while Paris and Milan edged down.

LONDON — European markets put on a mixed show during mid-morning trading on Wednesday.

The CAC 40 in Paris receded 0.1 percent to 3,691.46, and the FTSE MIB in Milan slipped 0.3 percent to 16,660.05.

By contrast, the FTSE 100 in London gained 0.4 percent to 6,308.23; and the DAX in Frankfurt improved 0.1 percent to 7,669.74.

The pound was trading at $1.57 against the dollar and the euro was worth $1.35 at 10:50 a.m. CET.

Shares in French Connection shot up 6.1 percent to 29 pence; Metro AG gained 3.7 percent to 23.33 euros; and Safilo Group improved 2.7 percent to 8.10 euros.

Among stocks losing value were Hennes & Mauritz, down 0.5 percent to 233.90 Swedish kronor; Carrefour SA down 0.4 percent to 20.74 euros; and Unilever down 0.6 percent to 29.30 euros.