LONDON — Most European stock markets were up in early afternoon trading on Friday, except for the FTSE MIB in Milan, which was down 0.1 percent to 21,772.56.
The CAC 40 in Paris rose 0.3 percent to 5,144.66, while the DAX in Frankfurt was up 02 percent to 12,181.12. The FTSE 100 in London advanced 0.1 percent to 7,485.82.
The euro traded at $1.18 and the pound fetched $1.31 at 2 p.m. CET.
Retail and luxury stocks were uneven, with the morning’s biggest gainers including Adidas, up 2.1 percent to 197.10 euros; Gemfields, 2 percent to 0.32 pounds, and Boohoo.com, 1.6 percent to 2.43 pounds.
Among the stocks that lost the most ground were Aeffe SpA, down 1.4 percent to 1.84 euros, followed by Bonmarché Holdings sliding 1.1 percent to .091 pounds and Brunello Cucinelli, 1.2 percent to 24.50 euros.