European shares edge lower ahead of Greek vote, SKF slumps on demand warning

miércoles 15 de julio de 2015 05:11 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct

* SKF falls 7 percent

* Greece to vote on bailout deal

By Liisa Tuhkanen

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower on Wednesday on lingering uncertainty over Greece and a tumble in bearings maker SKF after it warned of weaker demand.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.1 percent at 1,578.69 points by 0822 GMT, while the euro zone's Euro STOXX 50 index edged 0.2 percent lower. Both indexes had gained 0.5 percent in the previous session.

Outperforming other national indexes, Italy's FTSE MIB rose 0.4 percent and Portugal's PSI 20 index gained 0.3 percent.

"The market is pretty flat, treading water ahead of the Greek parliamentary vote later today," HSBC strategist Robert Parkes said.

"Over the next few weeks we expect the focus to shift back to the fundamentals... we're going into the results season so I think the focus will start shifting onto that."   Continuación...