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European shares fall as cooling US inflation fails to ease jitters


(Reuters) - European shares opened lower on Friday after a Wall Street rally fuelled by tame inflation data fizzled out, though better-than-expected earnings put the benchmark STOXX 600 on course for mild weekly gains.

The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.5% by 0704 GMT, with miners and oil & gas stocks leading losses as commodity prices fell against a firm dollar. [O/R] [MET/L]

Wall Street's main indexes closed nearly flat on Thursday, having rallied as much as 1% during the session after data showed U.S. consumer prices increased moderately in July, a trend that could persuade the Federal Reserve to hold interest rates next month.

However, U.S. and European bond yields continued to rise, putting pressure on equities. [US/] [GVD/EUR]


UK's FTSE 100 fell 0.6% as the pound rose after official data showed Britain's economy eked out some unexpected growth in the second quarter.

Among individual stocks, Switzerland's biggest bank UBS rose 4.2% after it said it no longer needed the public liquidity backstop agreed as part of its state-sponsored takeover of Credit Suisse.

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