European shares slip off highs as Veolia and Barclays fall

martes 3 de marzo de 2015 13:43 GYT

* European stock markets fall but stay near multi-year highs

* FTSEurofirst down 1 pct to 1,545.35 points

* DAX near record highs, FTSEurofirst near 7-yr high

* Veolia falls after Groupama sells stake

* Strong German retail sales keep sentiment positive

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, March 3 (Reuters) - European stock markets slipped from multi-year highs on Tuesday, pegged back by falls in French environment company Veolia and British bank Barclays .

Traders said the pullback was relatively minor, given a strong run since the start of 2015 that has seen a major regional index rise 13 percent. Better-than-expected German retail sales data also kept the German stock market near record highs.

Veolia fell 3 percent after insurer Groupama sold a 5.1 percent stake in the company.   Continuación...