European shares fall to six-week lows on growth concerns
* FTSEurofirst 300 ends at lowest since Feb. 25
* Peugeot announces strategy, leads auto shares lower
* ThyssenKrupp falls after Vale deal confirmed
* Italy lenders lead banking sector lower (ADVISORY- Reuters plans to replace intra-day European and UK stock market reports with a Live Markets blog on Eikon (see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets for site in development) Adds closing prices)
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, with mining, autos and bank stocks leading the decline after industrial orders in Germany unexpectedly dropped.
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 and Italian services grew at their slowest rate for over a year.