A two-day rebound in European stocks lost momentum on Tuesday as the deepened tensions in U.S.-China trade negotiations and political turmoil in Italy kept investors anxious.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.2% to 388.83.
Frankfurt’s DAX 30 index jumped 0.7% to 12,842.94, and France’s CAC 40 index ticked up 0.4% to 5,494.88. Britain's
FTSE 100 dropped 0.5% to 7,704.56, under more pressure as sterling surged after the strong UK’s services data.
Shares in RBS fell 3.6% after the British government sold 7.7% stake in RBS worth almost £2.6bn.
Growth in Britain's crucial services sector was faster than predicted in May. The purchasing managers' index from IHS Markit/CIPS scaled a three-month peak of 54.0, up from 52.8 in April.
IHS Markit's Final Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, which is an indicator of euro area growth, dropped to an 18-month trough of 54.1 in May from April 's 55.1.