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European Shares Inch Lower ahead of US Jobs Report

July 7 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower on Friday, following sharp losses in the previous session, after U.S. data that showed a still strong labor market, while investors await a key U.S. jobs report due later in the day for more clues on interest rate outlook.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.4% by 0710 GMT, set for its worst week since mid-March, led by declines in utilities shares, which slid 1.2%.

UK's FTSE 100 index also fell 0.6%.

European equities took a hit on Thursday after private payrolls in the United States surged far more than expected in June, suggesting the labor market remained solid despite growing risks of a recession.

The data also prompted a surge in the U.S. two-year treasury yield to a 16-year high while in the UK, the yield on 10-year gilts rose its most elevated since 2008.

Investors will be hawkeyed on the American non-farm payrolls report, due at 8:30 a.m. ET (1230 GMT). The report is expected to show a drop in number of jobs created in the U.S. in June compared to a month earlier.

Shell edged 0.2% lower after Europe's largest oil and gas company said on Friday it expects second-quarter trading at its gas division to be "significantly lower" compared with the previous quarter.

Reporting by Matteo Allievi in Gdansk and Shubham Batra in Bangalore; Editing by Janane Venkatraman

Source: Reuters

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