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European shares fall as uncertain mood prevails, luxury sector hit

European shares fall as uncertain mood prevails, luxury sector hit
Traders work at Frankfurt's stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, February 6, 2018. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski   -   Copyright  RALPH ORLOWSKI(Reuters)
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LONDON (Reuters) – European shares opened in negative territory on Wednesday as investors assessed whether worries about global growth warrant the cautious mood which has prompted Wall Street and Asian markets to trade sideways during the previous session.

Adding to the negative sentiment was the broader luxury sector being rattled by lingering fears of a Chinese slowdown.

Shares in France’s LVMH <LVMH.PA> fell 4.2 percent even as its all-important fashion and leather goods unit did better than expected in the third quarter.

Concerns over an ebbing in demand for branded goods among Chinese consumers have hit luxury stocks in recent days, as a trade war between Beijing and Washington simmers.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> was down 0.3 percent by 0735 GMT while Germany’s DAX <.GDAXI> retreated 0.4 percent and Paris’ CAC 40 <.FCHI> lost 0.63 percent.

Britain’s FTSE <.FTSE> fell 0.22 percent as reported progress in EU divorce talks prompted a rise in sterling, which gives an accounting drag to the overseas revenues of British blue chips.

In Italy, Milan’s FTSEMIB <.FTMIB> lost 0.6 percent with heavy losses from luxury clothing company Moncler <MONC.MI>, down 5.2 percent and Fiat Chrysler <FCHA.MI>, losing about 2 percent.

Italian banks <.FTIT8300> were off 0.3 percent after a Reuters report said European banking supervisors were stepping up their monitoring of liquidity levels following the rise in sovereign debt yields.

“Uncertainty is prevailing in the financial markets, we are seeing more investors opting to wait and see how risks surrounding rising U.S. treasury yields, global growth and China play out”, wrote Jasper Lawler of LCG in a morning note.

(Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Editing by Keith Weir)

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