LONDON — Europe’s stock markets advanced in midmorning trading on Thursday, with the FTSE 100 in London and the CAC 40 in Paris leading the way.

The English and French markets were both up 0.3 percent, to 7,467.48 and to 5,391.25, respectively; followed by the DAX in Frankfurt, 0.2 percent to 12,981.00, and the FTSE MIB in Milan, 0.1 percent to 22,474.49.

The euro traded at $1.18, while the pound fetched $1.32 at 10:35 a.m. CET.

Retail and luxury stocks were also on the rise, with the morning’s biggest gainers including L’Oréal, 1.8 percent to 186.25 euros; Associated British Foods, 1 percent to 33.60 pounds;, 1.4 percent to 56.90 pounds; Tod’s, 1 percent to 55.65 euros, and Unilever, 1.3 percent to 47.82 euros.

Among the few stocks that lost ground were Joules Group, 2.5 percent to 2.77 pounds; Kering, 1.5 percent to 388.80 euros; Moncler, 2.1 percent to 24.17 euros, and, 4.2 percent to 0.25 pounds.

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