Europe shares sag early after disappointing French, German PMIs
* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.5 pct, falls from 6-1/2 yr high
* Shares in airlines hit by rise in oil prices
By Blaise Robinson
PARIS, June 23 (Reuters) - European stocks fell early on Monday as downbeat readings of euro zone business activity revived worries over the pace of the economic recovery in the single currency bloc.
Data compiler Markit said its composite purchasing managers index (PMI) of activity in France's manufacturing and services sectors slipped deeper into contraction territory in May, dampening expectations for a rebound in the euro zone's second-biggest economy.
Separate Markit data showed manufacturing output in Germany, Europe's largest economy, increased at its weakest rate since September and service sector growth also slowed.
At 0742 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.5 percent at 1,387.60 points, retreating from 6-1/2 year high hit last week.
"The market doesn't like at all the French PMIs, and the German data is also disappointing. It eclipses the upbeat Chinese data from overnight and it's a reminder that the latest ECB (stimulus) measures are not magic," Saxo Bank trader Andrea Tueni said.
European airline shares fell, hurt by rising oil prices on the back of the ongoing violence in Iraq. Air France-KLM was down 2.2 percent and EasyJet down 1.9 percent. Continuación...