- Euro-area, UK and US data in focus
- UK votes against UK military action
FTSE 100: 0.25%
CAC 40: -0.35
FTSE MIB: -0.65%
IBEX 35: -0.65%
Stoxx 600: -0.27%
European stocks slid ahead of slate of economic data including euro-area economic confidence and the unemployment rate.
Euro-area economic confidence is expected to have risen to the highest level since March 2012. The index of executive and consumer sentiment jumped to 93.8 in August, from 92.5 in July, according to estimates ahead of the release of the report at 11:00 in Brussels.
The Eurozone unemployment rate for July will also be unveiled and is forecast to hold steady at 12.1%.
In the UK, mortgage approval figures are out and expected to come in at £58,800 in July, up from £57,700 in June.
It follows overnight's release of the GfK consumer confidence survey for August which increased by three points this month to -13, compared to analysts predictions for a rise to -14.
The data comes after Bank of England's new Governor Mark Carney on Wednesday said a renewed recovery is taking hold in the UK economy but its pace will be "more measured than rapid".
Meanwhile in Germany, GfK consumer confidence figures balance of payments and retail sales reports will be in focus for Europe's largest economy.
In the US, the University of Michigan Confidence is likely to climb to 80.5 points in August from 80.0 in July, according to forecasts. The Chicago purchasing mangers' index (PMI) report is expected to show an increase to 53 in August from the prior month's 52.3.
MPs throw out Syria intervention
Markets calmed after MPs voted against possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.
The US said it would continue to consult with the UK despite the 285-272 ruling out on strikes.
The world's largest economy is planning an intervention in Syria where it believes the government used chemical weapons against civilians last week.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said America would continue to seek out an "international coalition" willing to act together on the Syrian crisis.
UN weapons inspectors are currently in Syria investigating the allegations of the attack, which Damascus blames on rebel forces.
Ferragamo gained after the Italian luxury-goods company reported first-half net income that beat analysts' expectations.
Hermes (RMS) advanced as the French maker of Kelly bags posted a rise in first-half operating profit that exceeded forecasts.
Royal KPN retreated after the telecommunications company's independent foundation exercised an option to acquire preferred shares
in a bid to block America Movil SAB's offer.
Danone plunged after the French food products firm said baby nutrition sales will fall in Asia in the third quarter.