LONDON— European stock markets were broadly flat in mid-morning trading today, with the CAC 40 in Paris the only one gaining modest ground.
The French market was up 0.1 percent to 3,604.63, while the FTSE 100 in London and the DAX in Frankfurt were each down 0.1 percent to 5,894.89 and 7,530.82, respectively. The FTSE MIB in Milan, meanwhile, sank 0.7 percent to 15,721.32.
The euro traded at $1.30, the pound at $1.61 and the Swiss franc at $1.08 at 10:50 a.m. CET.
Retail and luxury stocks were mixed, with the morning’s biggest gainers including French Connection Group, which was up 4.6 percent to 0.32 pounds, and Next plc, which rose 0.6 percent to 37.33 pounds.
Among the stocks that lost the most ground were Italian clothing manufacturer Aeffe SpA, which was down 2 percent to 0.55 euros; Asos.com, which sank 1.7 percent to 24.50 pounds, and Marks & Spencer Group, which fell 1.6 percent to 3.91 pounds.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
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Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)