European stock markets ended mixed this evening in the absence of fresh economic data, with investors pausing after substantial gains made over the week.

London's FTSE edged up 0.2% to 5,173, with Kingfisher gaining 4.3% to almost 212p. the Frankfurt DAX fell 0.5% to 5,703 and the Paris CAC dipped 0.2% to 3,828.

In Dublin, the ISEQ ended down 15 points (0.4%) at 3,455, with bank shares falling back slightly after yesterday's big gains. AIB dropped 1.8% to €3.31 and Bank of Ireland fell almost 3% to €3.28. Irish Life & Permanent dropped more than 10% to €5.25, but drinks group C&C gained 4.6% to €3.20.

Wall Street regained its upward momentum in calm trade as the market extended its feel-good rally amid brighter economic prospects. The Dow Jones was 0.3% ahead at 9,810, while the Nasdaq was unchanged at 2,127. Earlier, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index closed 73 points (0.7%) lower at 10,371 as traders took profits ahead of a series of market holidays next week. The Hang Seng also fell 0.7% to 21,624.