July 22, 2016 / 7:12 AM / 2 years ago

European shares slip as miners weaken and Skanska skids

LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) - European stock markets fell on Friday, weighed down by a drop in the shares of mining companies and a fall at Swedish construction company Skanska.

The pan-European STOXX 600 and the similar FTSEurofirst 300 were both down by 0.4 percent.

Mining stocks fell as copper prices eased back.

Skanska also dropped by 5 percent after the company posted second-quarter earnings that missed market forecasts.

However, Vodafone shares rose 2.7 percent after the British mobile operator company reported a better-than-expected rise in first quarter revenues.

The STOXX 600 index is up by around 10 percent from a low point reached in June in the immediate aftermath of Britain’s shock vote to quit the European Union, but the index remains down by around 7 percent since the start of 2016. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Vikram Subhedar)

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