In other news
Italian online fashion retailer Yoox has agreed to buy Net-a-Porter, its upmarket rival, in an all-share deal that creates an industry leader in the booming online luxury market.
Dairy farmers in Germany are happy to see the back of the production limits that have prevented them from exploiting the export opportunities offered by middle class.
Europe's main stock markets have closed lower, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 tumbling 1.72% on the day to 6 773.04 points.
A prominent Eurosceptic in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has resigned, due to being pressured to back an extension of Greece's bailout.
US stocks have dropped in opening trade, giving back some of the prior session gains as volatility in equity markets stays elevated.
British pubs and brewery group Marston's says it has agreed to buy the beer division of Thwaites for £25m.
Eurozone consumer prices have fallen again, as expected, but the decline was the smallest this year, indicating the price of goods and services could start rising.
Asian shares have ended slightly higher after China's central bank eased mortgage rules to boost the mainland property market.