European shares fall slightly as Ericsson slumps
* Pan-European STOXX index down 0.5 percent
* Ericcson slumps after profit warning
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By Kit Rees and Danilo Masoni
LONDON/MILAN, Oct 12 (Reuters) - European stock markets fell slightly on Wednesday with Sweden's Ericsson slumping to eight-year lows after issuing a profit warning.
The STOXX 600 index fell 0.5 percent, losing ground for the second straight session. So far this year the index is down 7.4 percent.
Germany's DAX also fell 0.5 pct, while Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index and the FTSE 250 mid-cap index < .FTMC> both dropped around 0.7 percent.
Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson dropped 20 percent to its lowest point since 2008 after warning that its third-quarter profit would be "significantly lower" than expected after a downturn in its mobile broadband business had accelerated. Continuación...