Paris (AFP)

The Paris Bourse ended down 0.32% on Friday, marking a break after a week rich in corporate results and economic indicators.

The flagship CAC 40 index lost 21.01 points to 6,612.76 points.

The day before, it had increased by 0.37%.

Over the week, the index gained 0.67%, and over the month 1.61%.

The session was very loaded with indicators.

First of all, the gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded by 0.9% in France in the second quarter and by 2% in the euro zone.

"The Parisian market retains that the French GDP came out better than what could be expected but the market lacks momentum and catalyst to go higher," notes AFP Alexandre Baradez, analyst at IG France.

Then, in the United States, the rise in consumer prices in June amounted to 4% over one year and 0.5% over one month.

In France, it was 1.2% over one year in July and in the euro zone 2.2%, above the target of the European Central Bank (ECB).

"The market wants to greet the good figures but on the other hand these good figures are accompanied by inflation, which is a theme scrutinized by central banks", adds Alexandre Baradez.

If inflation takes off, central banks could decide to stop their exceptional support set up to deal with the crisis, and thus whistle the end of the euphoria on the financial markets.

Household consumption in France for its part increased slightly in June, by 0.3%, after a strong surge in May linked to deconfinement.

Investors have also had to assimilate a new round of corporate results.

Iliad soon to be withdrawn from the Stock Exchange

Iliad took off 61.03% to 182.05 euros, thus aligning itself with the price of the simplified public tender offer launched by its founder and majority shareholder, Xavier Niel, with a view to delisting the group. of telecoms, owner of Free.

EssilorLuxottica tops the CAC 40

The global optical giant took 3.38% to 159.16 euros, after the publication of a strong increase in net profit in the first half, which led it to revise its outlook for 2021 upwards.

Saint-Gobain in great shape

The French building materials and distribution group took 3.11% to 60.25 euros, taking advantage of "record results" with net profit up 88% in the first half compared to the first six months of 2019.

Strong sales for Fnac Darty

Fnac Darty rose 8.53% to 58.50 euros after returning to the green in the first half.

The group has also revised upwards its objective of increasing its annual sales.

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