European stocks close mostly lower

Most of Europe's main stock markets closed lower on Wednesday, although London's FTSE 100 index of leading companies gained 0.20 percent to 6,295.34 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 fell by 1.09 percent to 7,581.18 points however, and in Paris the CAC 40 was a hefty 1.40 percent lower at 3,642.90 points.