- Ukraine attacks Russian convoy
- UK GDP grows
- US factory output rises
- US consumer confidence falls
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European stocks ended Friday's session lower on news Ukraine destroyed a significant part of a Russian convoy.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told UK Prime Minister David Cameron that Ukrainian forces attacked the military column that had crossed the border, sparking fresh concerns about tensions with Russia.
Moscow accused Ukraine of trying to disrupt its humanitarian mission, which according to the Russian government intends to deliver aid to civilians in Eastern Ukraine, and has demanded a ceasefire in the region to allow deliveries.
The news dragged on European stocks following earlier gains.
"If the reports are true that there is an exchange of arms between Russia and Ukraine, that is a setback in the recent calm," Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Chicago-based Northern Trust Asset Management, told American broadcaster CNBC.
"It is hard to know how serious this is, but any sustained upturn in violence could lead to a short-term setback."
UK GDP, US data
Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at a 0.8% quarter-on-quarter and 3.2% year-on-year pace in the three months to June, according to revised data from the Office for National Statistics.
Economists had been expecting a rate of expansion of 0.8% over the quarter and of 3.1% in comparison with the same quarter a year ago.
Capital Economics said the figures showed the UK's economic recovery became less balanced in the second quarter as growth in industrial production was revised down from 0.4% to 0.3%.
In the US, industrial output climbed 0.4% in July, the same rate of growth as the previous month and beating forecasts for a 0.3%.
US manufacturing production rose 1% in July following a 0.3% increase in June. Analysts had predicted a 0.4% gain.
The figures followed a disappointing New York Fed Empire Manufacturing report which fell to 14.69 in August from 25.6 in July, missing the consensus estimate of 20.
The University of Michigan's consumer confidence index for August unexpectedly slipped to 79.2 from 81.8 the month before (consensus: 82.5).
BHP Billiton, H&M
SVG Capital slumped after Permira Holdings sold its entire stake in the company.
BHP Billiton advanced after proposing to spin off minor businesses to focus on four main products.
Hennes & Mauritz gained after the operator of H&M clothing stores reported July sales that exceeded estimates.
Deutsche Lufthansa was higher following a report that German lawmakers are reviewing their aviation policy.
The euro climbed 0.19% to $1.3390.
Brent crude futures increased 1.16% to $103.29 per barrel, according to the ICE.