October 7, 2016 / 7:17 AM / a year ago

Mainland European shares slip while weak sterling lifts UK's FTSE

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Continental European stock markets fell on Friday, with vouchers company Edenred and airline easyJet among the worst-performers, although a new slump in sterling propped up Britain’s FTSE 100.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down by 0.6 percent. The STOXX 600 has fallen by around 7 percent since the start of 2016.

Edenred fell 3.4 percent after UBS cut its rating on the stock to “neutral” from “buy”, while easyJet fell 3.9 percent after broker downgrades in the wake of easyJet’s profit warning on Oct.6.

However, the FTSE 100 managed to outperform by rising 0.4 percent, with the slump in sterling seen as helping the FTSE 100’s international companies, which often benefit from a weaker pound that can help exporters. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alison Williams)

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