Growth in business activity in the euro zone slowed unexpectedly for the second month running, easing to its weakest level since December.
U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, after falling sharply a day earlier when stocks were hit by concerns about violence in Iraq.
Consumer prices in the euro zone are stable rather than too low, former European Central Bank board member Jürgen Stark says.
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