European shares inch lower led by banks
Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano were both down more than 4 per cent
European shares opened slightly lower on Friday with banking stocks leading the decline.
European shares opened slightly lower on Friday with banking stocks leading the decline and Italian insurer Generali down after net profit fell short of expectations.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.2 per cent at 1,336.86 points by 08.11 GMT, and was on course for its first negative week in five. While Germany’s DAX fell 0.6 per cent.
Banking stocks were the top sectoral fallers with a drop of 1 per cent.
Generali fell 2 per cent after the insurer boosted its financial strength but missed expectations with its net profit.