European shares set for 2015's first monthly fall after Nokia drop

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* FTSEurofirst 300 drops 0.3 percent

* Nokia leads tech selloff after telecoms profit miss

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By Alistair Smout and Francesco Canepa

LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) - A selloff in technology stocks weighed on European shares on Thursday after disappointing numbers from Nokia, leaving a top pan-European equity index set for its first monthly fall this year.

However, most national euro zone indexes were in positive territory after data showed deflation had ended, persuading investors that easing by the European Central Bank was having an effect.

Shares in Finnish firm Nokia fell 8.5 percent after it posted quarterly profits well below forecast at its main telecom network equipment business, citing lower software sales, higher costs and challenging conditions in Europe and Latin America.

"It came as a surprise to many because Nokia's business mix was supposed to be a bit better than this," Evli Bank analyst Mikko Ervasti said.

Sector peer Alcatel Lucent, the target of a planned takeover by Nokia, dropped 6.5 percent while Ericsson was down 2.9 percent. The broader STOXX Europe 600 tech index fell 1.3 percent.   Continuación...