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The pan-European STOXX 600 () slipped 0.3% by 0711 GMT, with the healthcare () and real estate () sectors falling more than 0.5%.
However, economically sensitive cyclical sectors such as banks () and automakers () rose as U.S. lawmakers moved closer to deal on a new coronavirus relief package.
Nestle (S:) gained 0.6% as it raised its guidance for 2020 organic sales growth, while strong demand for pet food and health products helped quarterly results.
Shares in Sweden’s Ericsson (ST:) jumped 7.2% as higher margins and China’s 5G rollout helped the company beat quarterly core earnings estimates.