- China's retail sales grew at a much lower pace than expected in August.
- U.S. Labor Department figures showed a smaller-than-expected rise in U.S. inflation for August.
- A host of inflation data is due throughout Wednesday morning from the U.K. and across the euro zone.
- Earnings come from H&M Group and Zara owner Inditex.
LONDON — European markets are set for a tepid open on Wednesday after weak Chinese economic data reignited worries that global growth is slowing.
Britain's FTSE 100 is seen around 5 points higher at 7,039, Germany's DAX is set to add around 13 points to 15,736 and France's CAC 40 is expected to climb by around 3 points to 6,656, according to IG data.
Shares in Asia-Pacific were mostly lower on Wednesday after data showed China's retail sales growing at a much lower pace than expected in August. The retail sales print for the month grew 2.5%, against a 7% growth forecast by analysts polled by Reuters.
Stateside, stock futures were flat in early premarket trade after the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 290 points on Tuesday, as investor concerns about the state of the global economic recovery and the next move from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Labor Department figures published Tuesday showed a smaller-than-expected rise in U.S. inflation for the month of August, stoking uncertainty over the recovery and the timing of the Fed's tapering of asset purchases.
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Elsewhere, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) revealed on Tuesday that global debt soared to a record $300 trillion in the second quarter. However, debt-to-GDP declined for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic as growth recovered.
European investors also have on eye on the upcoming German federal election on September 26, with polls suggesting the race is still too close to call as voters try to decide a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address at 8 a.m. London time.
A host of inflation data is due throughout Wednesday morning from the U.K. and across the euro zone, while earnings come from H&M Group and Zara owner Inditex.
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