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European markets opened lower Thursday following earlier sell-offs across Asia, while new figures showed that the German economy -- Europe's biggest -- has slipped into recession in the third quarter.

Shares in London, Paris and Frankfurt were all slightly down between 0.5 and 1.5 percent in early morning trading.

Earlier Thursday, Germany's Federal Statistical Office said that economic output contracted by 0.5 percent in the July-September period compared with the previous quarter. Read full article »

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