European stocks on longest weekly winning streak in a year
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April 9 (Reuters) - European stocks were subdued on Friday, but on course for their longest weekly winning streak in more than a year as hopes of a rapid recovery in economic growth offset doubts over the euro zone's COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX inched down 0.1% after hitting an all-time high at the open, while UK's blue-chip FTSE 100 .FTSE and Germany's DAX .GDAXI slipped about 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively.
London equities have outperformed this week, with the domestically focussed FTSE mid-cap index .FTMC hitting a record high as Britain gradually emerges from a strict winter lockdown.
Airline stocks including British Airways-owner IAG ICAG.L , easyJet EZJ.L and Wizz Air WIZZ.L rose between 0.2% and 1.0%. Britain will confirm in early May whether it will allow international travel to resume from May 17. company TUI TUIT.L fell 5.7% after saying it planned to offer convertible bonds worth 350 million euros to improve its liquidity position as the pandemic disrupts travel plans. AIR.PA rose 2% after the French planemaker reported slightly higher deliveries in the first quarter.
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