Europe's top share index extended losses in midday trade as weak euro zone economic data, did little to boost risk appetite among investors ahead of U.S. jobs numbers and elections in France and Greece over the weekend.
Corporate earnings continued to impress, however, with Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas and Lafarge proving companies can still lift profits despite the austere economic backdrop.
The FTSEurofirst fell 6.31 points, or 0.6 percent to 1,038.08 by 1035 GMT, having traded in a 40-point range since early April. It found support around the 1,029 level, the 50 percent retracement of the LTRO rally that began mid-December.
KCIC reports KWD 1.03 million in profit for 2013
KCIC, which specializes in investments in domestic demand-driven sectors in Asia, has announced a net profit of KWD 1.03 million for the year 2013, with an earnings per share of 1.30 fils and a retur