European shares weighed by weak commodity stocks, luxury stocks rise
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* STOXX 600 index down 0.5 percent, down 7 pct in 2016
* Miners, oils top sectoral losers as commodity prices fall
* LVMH rises after strong sales, buoys peers
* Old Mutual top STOXX loser as South African assets hit
By Danilo Masoni and Sudip Kar-Gupta
MILAN/LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - European shares closed slightly lower on Tuesday, weighed down by weaker commodity stocks, while shares of major luxury goods companies rose after strong figures from LVMH.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.5 percent and is down by around 7 percent since the start of 2016. Britain's FTSE also fell after hitting a fresh all-time high, but the mid-cap index FTSE 250 outperformed as sterling came under renewed pressure.
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