European stocks lower after Chinese growth slows and Renault warns

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European stocks weakened Friday after the release of data showing a slowdown in Chinese growth and a warning from French automaker Renault.

The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -0.13%   declined 0.12% to 392.59.

The German DAX DAX, +0.08%  fell 0.03% to 12650.98, the French CAC 40 PX1, -0.36%  fell 0.34% to 5653.86 and the U.K. FTSE 100 UKX, -0.39%  weakened 0.26% to 7163.94.

China on Friday reported the worst growth in 27 years, as GDP slowed to a 6% year-over-year rate in the third quarter as fixed investment dipped.

“Investment is import intensive, so taxing trade taxes [hurts] investment. Uncertainty about trade also gives companies reason to pause in their investment. However, it is reasonable to suggest that – as long as there are no more trade taxes – the worst of the investment slowdown may be behind us,” said Paul Donovan, an economist at UBS.

Renault RNO, -12.19%  fell 12.7% as the company said its operating margin for the year would be 5% instead of 6%, and that revenue should fall between 3% and 4%.

Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to hold from buy, as the broker pointed out that rising costs more than lower revenue was responsible for the profit warning. “Thus, there is a risk that the situation will not improve next year since most of these additional costs are expected to be recurrent,” the broker said.

Other automakers including Daimler DAI, +0.35%   and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA, -0.82%  also fell.

Danone BN, -7.86%  dropped 7.2% as the yogurt maker reported third-quarter organic sales growth of 3%, which was lower than forecast, and cut its annual guidance to 2.5% growth from 3%. Danone said disappointing U.S. yogurt sales and weakness in European bottled water revenue weighed on its results.

Getinge GETI.B, +17.04%  rallied 18% as the Swedish medical technology company reported 4.8% organic sales growth and 3.5% increase in orders during the third quarter.