European shares were little changed today as investors take profits at the end of a strong week with earnings in focus as political worries subsided.

In London the FTSE closed down 0.46% at 7,203, while all of the major euro zone markets were also lower.

The CAC in Paris lost 0.08% to 5,267, and in Frankfurt the DAX dropped 0.11% to 12,452.

In Dublin the ISEQ fell 0.25% to 6,860. Aryzta and Kingspan were among the best performing shares, while Kenmare and Bank of Ireland both lost value.

Meanwhile, US stocks are slightly lower in afternoon trading after data showed the economy grew at its weakest pace in three years in the first quarter.

Shortly before 6.15pm Irish time the Dow had fallen 0.17% to 20,945, while the Nasdaq was 0.02% higher at 6,050.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index lost 55 points (0.3%) to close at 19,197 while the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong fell 83 points (0.3%) to finish at 24,615 as investors cashed in profits following a six-day rally while they looked ahead to the release of US growth data later in the day.