Germany's DAX stock index
fell 2.3 percent Tuesday.
The country's blue-chip DAX stock index
was up slightly in early morning trading at just over 10,100 points.
EON SE and RWE AG, Germany's largest power generators, are the worst performers on Germany's benchmark DAX stock index
German retail sales rose 2.9 per cent month-on-month and 5.3 per cent year-on-year in January, more than economists had forecast, helping lift the DAX stock index
0.2 per cent.
In Europe, Germany's DAX stock index
inched up 0.1 percent to 9,740.02 while the CAC-40 in France added 0.3 percent to 4,337.30.
Investors were heartened after the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Germany's Dax stock index
hit record highs overnight.
Earlier, in Germany, the country's benchmark DAX stock index
closed at 8,181.78 -- a new high -- in response to France's declaration that it was finished with fiscal austerity and the European Central Bank's decision to cut a key interest rate.
The German Dax stock index
shared in the worldwide falls
In 2015, board members of the 30 companies listed on Germany's DAX stock index
earned on average 50 times more than their employees.
The German DAX stock index
inched up 0.13 per cent by mid-day in Europe.