European stocks fall ahead of ECB meeting, led by Ericsson, Pernod

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By Danilo Masoni and Sudip Kar-Gupta

MILAN/LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) - European stocks fell slightly on Thursday, with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson and French drinks firm Pernod leading the fall after disappointing updates.

Some investors said there was some profit taking before a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting later in the day which was widely expected to keep interest rates unchanged.

"The ECB meeting should not deliver any interesting news but could disclose some details about its corporate bond buying programme," said Enrico Vaccari, fund manager at Italy's Consultinvest.   Continuación...