4:00 PM Frankfurt – adidas plans to buy back €1.5 billion of shares in three years. Sainsbury plunged after retail sales in second-quarter dropped 0.8%. Kaufman & Broad profit surged 25% but revenue fell 2%. Orange declined after state-owned Bpifrance sold its stake worth €584 million.
In London trading, FTSE 100 index dropped 1.1% or 71.20 to 6,551.52 and in Frankfurt the DAX index slipped 0.9% or 87.51 to 9,386.79.
In Paris, CAC 40 index declined 1.2% or 51.90 to 4,364.34.
gained 1.9% to €60.35 after the Germany-based sports footwear, apparel and accessories maker announced a three-year share buyback plan worth €1.5 billion or $1.9 billion that will end by 2017.
The bonds will have a 7-year and a 12-year term, respectively. The bonds will be listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange, and have denominations of €1,000 a share.
J Sainsbury Plc
plunged 6.5% to 235.10 pence after the U.K.-based grocery retailer said total retail sales for second-quarter dropped 0.8% excluding fuel and 2.3% including fuel. Comparable store sales in the quarter declined 2.8%, the third consecutive quarterly fall.
Kaufman & Broad SA
dropped 2.1% to €25.20 after the France-based property developer and builder reported net revenue in the third-quarter ending in August slipped 2% to €227.9 million from €232.8 million a year ago period.
Profit in the quarter surged 24.6% from a year ago to €8.04 million compared to €6.45 million and earnings per share jumped to €0.37 from €0.30.
declined 3.6% to €11.47 after the French government owned investment bank Bpifrance sold its 11.6% stake or about 50 million shares in the telecom operator for €584 million or $735.9 million.
slumped 3.5% to 179.63 pence after the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority launched an investigation in to accounting error by the supermarket chain.