European shares set for weekly drop

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Edinburgh - European shares steadied on Friday, supported by gains in British engine maker Rolls-Royce but still set for its first weekly drop since April.

Rolls Royce gained 1.1 percent after Reuters exclusively reported that Airbus is close to a decision to upgrade its A330 with engines provided by the UK-listed company.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was flat at 1,370.08 by 09:06 SA time, leaving it down 1.8 percent for the week.

The index looks set to snap a 10-week winning streak, which had been its longest since the middle of 2012.

The FTSEurofirst 300 closed down 0.1 percent at 1,370.38 on Thursday, retreating further from a 6-1/2 year high hit last week after US Federal Reserve official James Bullard suggested the US economy would be strong enough to bear a rate rise in early 2015.

The comments came despite weak US consumer spending data, which prompted a cut in growth forecasts and hit global stocks. - Reuters

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