European shares retreat as weaker airlines offset firmer banks

jueves 21 de julio de 2016 12:35 GYT

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* Airlines slump as Lufthansa issues profit warning

* STOXX 600 index down 7.3 pct so far in 2016

* ECB keeps rates unchanged at record lows

* But Draghi comments give boost to euro zone bank stocks

By Kit Rees and Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - European stocks edged lower on Thursday, as a drop in the shares of major airlines offset gains in some banks, propped up by signals of support for the sector from the European Central Bank.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index and similar FTSEurofirst 300 both closed 0.1 percent lower.

Airline stocks fell amid fears some consumers may avoid travelling abroad for holidays after last week's attack in Nice, for which militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility, and attempted coup in Turkey.   Continuación...