European Factors to Watch-Equity futures slightly down
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MILAN May 16 (Reuters) - European shares were expected to open slightly lower on Monday, following weaker than expected Chinese data over the weekend.
Volumes could be lower because the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is closed for Whit Monday.
Futures on the Euro STOXX 50, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE were all down by 0.3-0.4 percent at 0615 GMT.
Indicators released on Saturday showed China's investment, factory output and retail sales all grew more slowly than expected in April, raising fears that a bounce seen in March is fizzling.
On Friday, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.6 percent, reversing earlier losses buoyed by strong U.S. retail sales data.
In Asian trading on Monday, the U.S figures offset some of the worries over the Chinese economic data, helping Japanese stocks rise.
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