European shares slip as commodity stocks extend losses
(Releads with market turning lower)
* FTSEurofirst 300 and Euro STOXX fall
* Weak China continues to impact mining stocks
* Actelion up after raising earnings forecast
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Tuesday, with mining and energy stocks extending losses in the wake of weak data this week from China, the world's second-biggest economy.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had opened flat, lost ground to stand 0.6 percent lower, as did the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index.
Miners such as Glencore and BHP Billiton fell for the second session in a row in the aftermath of data from China on Monday, which showed growth in the world's leading consumer of metals was at its slowest since the global financial crisis.
Major energy stocks such as BP and Total also fell, with oil prices losing ground on concerns about oversupply and the health of the global economy. Continuación...