LONDON Dec 24 European shares provisionally
finished lower on Monday in the last trading session before the
Christmas break and with some markets closed and volumes light
investors opted to trim positions awaiting a resolution to U.S.
A number of European markets such as the French, Dutch,
Spanish and UK ones traded for half the session on Monday, while
those in Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece, Denmark, Norway,
Sweden and Switzerland were closed.
The FTSEurofirst 300 closed down 1.2 points or 0.1
percent, at 1,137.93 points, just shy of an 19-month high of
1,144.15 hit last week.
"There is very few people in the office and most of the
business being done is trimming positions after some decent
year-end gains," a London-based trader said.