LONDON — Europe’s markets were uneven in trading Friday morning.
The FTSE MIB in Milan gained 0.2 percent to 22,451.69, while the DAX in Frankfurt rose 0.1 percent to 11,519.77. But the FTSE 100 in London fell 0.1 percent 6,953.26, while the CAC 40 in Paris was flat at 4,962.73.
Investors were holding back ahead of monthly U.S. jobs data set to be released later today. Analysts said that if the figures show a strong growth in employment, a rise in interest rates could be brought forward.
Fashion, luxury and retail stocks were varied, too.
Risers included Yoox Group, 3.9 percent to 20.48 euros; Jimmy Choo, 2.1 percent to 1.74 pounds and Asos, 1.7 percent to 32.11 pounds.
Among the fallers were Koovs, 1.9 percent to 1.30 pounds; Ted Baker, 0.9 percent to 25.73 pounds and Hugo Boss, 0.4 percent to 118.77 euros.
Other fallers included U.K retailers Next, 0.3 percent to 75.30 pounds and Marks & Spencer, 0.1 percent to 5.06 pounds, as the U.K.’s BDO High Street Sales Tracker reported Friday that for the four weeks to March 1, same-store sales fell 0.2 percent, with the cold weather “particularly” hitting fashion retailers.
According to BDO, the weather both deterred shoppers from venturing out and meant that consumers delayed buying the spring collections in stock. Over the month, sales at fashion stores fell 0.6 percent on a same-store basis, the organization said.
At 11.20 CET, the pound traded for $1.52, while the euro changed hands for $1.12.