Oil giant Total reported that net profit fell 2 percent in the second quarter, as the company sped up its cost-cutting drive.
New Barclays Chairman John McFarlane will wield the axe even more quickly at the bank, it emerged Wednesday.
Despite reporting robust second-quarter earnings last week, the value of Apple shares quickly plunged and have struggled to regain momentum.
German drugmaker Bayer saw underlying core earnings increase by one third, helped by a gain in prescriptions of new drugs.
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European opened higher on Wednesday on what is a bumper day of earnings, as choppy trade in Chinese stocks continues and investors look to the outcome of a two-day policy meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Eric Moore, fund manager at Miton, suggests non-core assets have been a drag on Barclays' results.