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Europe open: Shares down ahead of EZ inflation data; Volvo motors

(Sharecast News) - European stocks were lower at the open on Thursday as investors awaited eurozone inflation data for January and an interest rate decision from the Bank of England, while Volvo shares surged on news it was offloading its stake in electric vehicle maker Polestar. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was 0.0% at 485.36 with most major markets lower. Spain's IBEX continued its rally after upbeat GDP data this week, while Britain's FTSE 100 outperformed with a 0.19% gain.

In economic news, the slump in the eurozone's manufacturing sector eased in January, with factory output and new orders declining at their softest rates since last April, according to PMI survey data.

The HCOB Eurozone Manufacturing PMI, compiled by S&P Global, rose to 46.6 in January, up markedly from 44.4 in December to its highest level in 10 months although still well below the 50 mark that separatres contraction from expansion.

Cutbacks to purchasing activity, stocks of inputs and employment also cooled, while business confidence rose to a nine-month high. Decreases in both input costs and output prices gathered momentum in January, despite suppliers' delivery times lengthening for the first time in a year following disruption to ships passing through the Red Sea.

In equity news Volvo Cars shares surged more than 20% in early after the Swedish automaker said it will stop funding subsidiary Polestar Automotive.

Swedish medical equipment maker Getinge fell after reporting a smaller than expected rise in fourth-quarter earnings.

BNP Paribas shares fell more than 8% after the French bank reported a quarterly sales miss and pushed back a profit target.

Reporting by Frank Prenesti for Sharecast.com

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