European stocks fluctuated in early trade on Tuesday in contrast with Wall Street which recovered for a second session overnight, and as fresh economic data failed to boost indexes.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index lost 0.2 percent with most bourses and sectors unchanged or in red territory.
France's CAC 40 slipped 2 points to 5,142.45. UK's FTSE 100 ticked up 0.1% to 7,181.54.
Auto stocks led the decline, losing 0.2%, dragged down by tiremaker Michelin. Shares of the company fell more than 1 percent after reporting its latest corporate results.
Traders awaited UK inflation data for January which will be published later on Wednesday.