LONDON — European stock markets were mostly down in midmorning trading on Friday.
The FTSE MIB in Milan declined 0.5 percent to 16,624.88 as Italy declared a state of emergency following earthquakes that left more than 268 people dead.
The DAX in Frankfurt fell 0.3 percent to 10,504.40 and the CAC 40 in Paris retreated 0.2 percent to 4,397.94.
The FTSE 100 in London was up 0.04 percent to 6,819.11.
The euro traded at $1.12, while the pound fetched $1.32 and the Swiss franc equaled $1.03 at 11:00 a.m. CET.
Retail and luxury stocks were uneven, with the morning’s biggest fallers including Hugo Boss, down 3.7 percent to 54.19 euros. Earlier this month, the company cut its sales forecast for the year and said that it would close 20 more stores around the world after a weak second quarter. Hennes & Mauritz retreated 2.3 percent to 262.20 Swedish kronor while Burberry Group declined 1.4 percent to 13.14 pounds.
Among the stocks that gained ground was French Connection Group, up 2 percent to 0.44 pounds, followed by Adidas and Ted Baker, both up 0.8 percent, to 153.25 euros and to 26.01 pounds respectively.