European shares nudged off highs by Veolia and Barclays

martes 3 de marzo de 2015 10:32 GYT

* 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...