European shares edge lower, BHP Billiton falls after asset writedown
LONDON Jan 15 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower on Friday, knocked by falls in commodity-related stocks but supported by a rise in H&M after well-received December sales numbers.
BHP Billiton fell 4 percent, the top faller on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300, after it said it would write down the value its U.S. shale assets by $7.2 billion, cementing expectations it will be forced to cut its dividend for the first time in over 25 years.
The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index was down 2.9 percent, with Rio Tinto, Glencore and Antofagasta also among top fallers.
By 0810 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.2 percent at 1,332.28 points.
The top riser was H&M, up 3.2 percent after it posted a rise in sales in December which beat forecasts. (Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Kit Rees)
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