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Aug. 20, 2019, 10:43 a.m. EDT

Europe stocks drop as Italy’s Conte says he will resign

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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch


Associated Press
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate as Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini holds a rosary while sitting beside him, in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

Europe stocks on Tuesday turned lower, as political risk re-emerged in the wake of Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conti resigning.

The Stoxx Europe 600 /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +1.09%  declined 0.5% to 371.94, with the Italian FTSE MIB /zigman2/quotes/210598024/delayed IT:I945 -0.26%  losing 0.8% to 20558.83.

Conte has told senators he is handing in his resignation because his right-wing coalition partner, the League party led by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has decided to yank its support for the populist government.

Conte said he will go later Tuesday to officially inform Italian President Sergio Mattarella of his decision. Mattarella, as head of state, could ask Conte to stay on and try to find an alternative majority in Parliament, or accept his resignation and see if some other leader can forge an alternative coalition.

Failing that, Mattarella could dissolve Parliament, setting the stage for a new general election as early as October.

Elsewhere, the German DAX /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX +0.46%  fell 0.7% to 11638.67, the French CAC 40 /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +0.59%  fell 0.7% to 5336.94 and the U.K. FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +1.10%  dropped 0.8% to 7130.95.

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French supermarket operator Casino Guichard-Perrachon /zigman2/quotes/203038848/delayed FR:CO -3.74%  climbed 6.9% as it said it’s planning to sell 2 billion euros of assets, having already sold 2.1 billion euros.

Pandora /zigman2/quotes/205851124/delayed DK:PNDORA +1.07%  shares rallied 10% in Copenhagen as the jeweler announced new restructuring measures after reporting a 50% profit drop in profit.

<STRONG>— The Associated Press contributed to this article</STRONG>

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XX : STOXX
412.02
+4.44 +1.09%
Volume: 0.00
Dec. 13, 2019 5:50p
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IT : Borsa Italiana
23,329.33
-61.62 -0.26%
Volume: 0.00
Dec. 13, 2019 5:35p
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DAX
DX : Xetra Indices
13,282.72
+61.08 +0.46%
Volume: 106,137
Dec. 13, 2019 6:30p
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FR : France: Euronext Paris
5,919.02
+34.76 +0.59%
Volume: 113,199
Dec. 13, 2019 6:05p
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UK : FTSE UK
7,353.44
+79.97 +1.10%
Volume: 0.00
Dec. 13, 2019 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/203038848/delayed
FR : France: Euronext Paris
41.97
-1.63 -3.74%
Volume: 512,004
Dec. 13, 2019 5:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
€4.50 billion
Rev. per Employee
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/zigman2/quotes/205851124/delayed
DK : Denmark: OMX
kr. 275.20
+2.90 +1.07%
Volume: 571,631
Dec. 13, 2019 4:59p
P/E Ratio
9.26
Dividend Yield
6.54%
Market Cap
kr.25.37 billion
Rev. per Employee
kr.712,687
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Steve Goldstein is MarketWatch markets editor for Europe. Follow him on Twitter: @MKTWgoldstein.

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