European shares nudged off highs by Veolia and Barclays
* European stock markets fall but stay near multi-year highs
* DAX near record highs, FTSEurofirst near 7-yr high
* Veolia falls after Groupama sells stake
* Strong German retail sales support sentiment
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - European stock markets slipped off multi-year highs on Tuesday, pegged back by falls in the shares of French environment company Veolia and British bank Barclays.
Nevertheless, traders said the pullback was relatively minor given a strong run since the start of 2015, which has seen a major regional index rise 14 percent, and better-than-expected German retail sales data kept the German stock market near record highs.
Veolia Environnement fell 3 percent after insurer Groupama sold a 5.1 percent stake in the company.
Barclays also retreated 2.9 percent after setting aside an extra 750 million pounds ($1.15 billion) for potential fines arising from allegations of manipulation in the foreign exchange market. Continuación...