For a live blog on European stocks, type LIVE/ in an Eikon news window) * Euro zone GDP slows in Q4, but employment beats consensus * FTSE 100 lags after negative updates from AstraZeneca, RBS * STOXX 600 posts second consecutive weekly gain (Updates to close) Feb 14 (Reuters) – A handful of negative company updates from Britain and France knocked European shares off record highs hit earlier in the session on Friday, while investors grappled with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global growth. London’s FTSE 100 underperformed its European peers with a 0.6% drop, as drugmaker AstraZeneca forecast a possible slowdown in revenue growth this year, assuming a hit from China’s coronavirus epidemic. […] Cosmetics group L’Oreal as well as spirits makers Remy Cointreau SA and Pernod Ricard fell between 0.5% and 1.2% after the rating cut. […] Utilities were boosted by France’s Electricite de France SA , which topped the STOXX 600 after its annual core earnings beat expectations. […] Royal Bank of Scotland’s slumped 6.8% after flagging a new strategy to cut back its investment bank and rename the company.
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