European shares inch up helped by H&M and Shire
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* FTSEurofirst 300 index gains 0.2 percent
* H&M advances after encouraging update
* Healthcare top sectoral gainer led by Shire
* Italy banks rise for first time in 10 sessions
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) - European equities inched higher on Wednesday after steep declines in the previous session, with the retail sector boosted by a less-than-expected Hennes & Mauritz profit fall.
Shares in Hennes & Mauritz, the world's No. 2 clothes retailer, rose 4 percent after saying the impact of the strong U.S. dollar had started to wane and should turn neutral or slightly positive by the fourth quarter.
Healthcare stocks were the top sectoral gainer, up 1 percent, with investors scrutinising news of U.S. drug maker Pfizer agreeing on Tuesday to terminate its $160 billion agreement to acquire Allergan, in a victory to U.S. President Barack Obama's drive to stop tax-dodging corporate mergers. Continuación...