European stocks retreat at open; FTSE down 0.26%

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LONDON (Oct 7): Europe's main stock markets slid at the start of trading on Tuesday, with London's FTSE 100 down 0.26 percent at 6,546.76 points.

Frankfurt's benchmark DAX 30 index dropped 0.49 percent to 9,164.77 points and the Paris CAC 40 index dipped 0.21 percent to 4,277.41 compared with Monday's closing level.