European shares fall to six-week lows on growth concerns

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By Danilo Masoni and Alistair Smout

MILAN/LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Tuesday to touch their lowest level in almost six weeks after industrial orders in Germany unexpectedly dropped, with mining, autos and bank stocks leading the decline.

Industrial orders in Europe's biggest economy fell in February due to weaker foreign demand, suggesting a slowdown in the global economy was leaving its mark.

Other surveys found that French business activity had stagnated, German private-sector growth hit an eight-month low, while Italian services grow at their slowest rate for over a year.

"Economies aren't in great shape," said Manulife Asset Management investment analyst Will Hamlyn.   Continuación...