European stock markets have endured a torrid month, with all bar one of the major continental exchanges trading lower on 2 October than they had on 3 September.
Even the exception, Paris, was heading downwards after period of higher share prices.
Political difficulties in the eurozone’s “big three” – France, Germany and Italy – will have played their part in depressing stock prices. These are the three countries that are members of the Group of Seven rich nations.
Italy “better off outside euro”
Also casting a cloud over share values was July’s announcement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it had cut its growth forecasts for the single currency bloc both for this year and next.
In Frankfurt, the stood at 12,346.4102 on 3 September. By 2 October, it had declined to 12,287.5801.
In Paris, the opened the period at 5, 413.7998 and ended it up at 5,467.8901. However, it is down on the 5,540.4102 seen on 27 September.