Europe stocks mixed as traders digest inflation data; Alcon up 12%

LONDON — European stocks were mixed Wednesday, as investors monitored inflation data and looked ahead to minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was barely above the flatline by the afternoon. Travel and leisure shares led the gains, climbing 1.2%, while miners were the worst performers, down 2.2%. Market participants were closely monitoring economic data. U.K. inflation data for July showed an unexpected dip to 2% on Wednesday morning. Economists noted that it was likely a blip with data projected to keep trending higher in…

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