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LONDON – European stocks were mixed on Thursday, with caution coming back after gains made in the previous session.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 it was slightly higher in early trade. Retail stocks were the best performers, gaining 1.8%, while fundamentals fell 0.7%.

The muted opening for European stocks came after gains on Wednesday due to strong US economic data that raised investors’ fears of an impending recession. The ISM non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index showed a surprise rebound in July also prompting US stocks to climb.

It was a fair start for the UK FTSE on Thursday with the jittery market ahead of the Bank of Englandthe next monetary policy decision. It is generally expected that the central bank will a 50 basis point increase in interest ratesthe largest single increase since 1995.

Such a move would push borrowing costs to 1.75% as the central bank grapples with rising inflation and would be the first halving since it became independent of the British government in 1997. The expected rise comes as UK inflation hit a new 40-year high of 9.4% in June.

Elsewhere overnight, Asia-Pacific shares traded higher on Thursday after a rally on Wall Street and as investors moved on from tensions surrounding US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan .

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Meanwhile, US stock futures inched down Thursday morning despite the big media snap with a two-day slide in the previous regular trading session.

Earnings before the bell came from Credit Agricole, Adidas, Bayer, Lufthansa, Merck, Zalando, Rolls-Royce, Next, Glencore and Adecco Group on Thursday.

Lufthansa Shares rose 6% to lead the Stoxx 600 after the German posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss.

At the bottom of Europe’s blue chip index, the Danish medical device company fragrance it fell 14% after it cut its margin forecast and announced it would lay off about 200 employees.

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