Europe’s stock markets closed up on Friday as the major indices in the U.S. closed out their trading sessions slightly down and the major Asian indices ended the week with mixed results.
The FTSE MIB in Milan rose 0.5 percent to 17,081.69, while the CAC 40 in Paris and the FTSE 100 in London each climbed 0.4 percent to 3,594.83 and 5,965.58, respectively. The DAX in Frankfurt advanced 0.2 percent to 7,157.82.
Retail and luxury stocks were mostly on the rise in Europe, with Ferragamo the day’s biggest gainer, climbing 2.5 percent to $20.33. All conversions are at current exchange. Carrefour advanced 2.4 percent to $25.24.
Earlier in the day in Asia, the Nikkei 225 closed the trading week up 0.06 percent to 10,129.83, as the Hang Seng Index dipped 0.2 percent to 21,317.85.
In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched down 0.2 percent to 13,232.62. The S&P Retail Index also fell 0.2 percent to 605.57.
Among the top performers were Coldwater Creek, up 7 percent to $1.22, and American Apparel Inc., which rose 5.8 percent to 92 cents.