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CORRECTED-French stocks hit 9-year high as earnings power European shares

LONDON, April 26 French blue chips hit a fresh 9-year high on Wednesday, helped by a surge in the shares of luxury group Kering after it reported strong sales, while European regional indexes hovered near a 20-month peak.

European shares edge up, Kering charges to record highs

* European Q1 earnings seen +5.5%, revenues +5.7% (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

European shares slip slightly, Kering charges to record highs

LONDON, April 26 European shares pulled back slightly from 20-month highs on Wednesday as some disappointing corporate results weighed, though shares of French luxury group Kering hit a record high after reporting strong sales.

UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 26

April 26 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 2 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.05 percent ahead of the cash market open.

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on April 26

April 26 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 2 points on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * BHP: BHP Billiton, on Wednesday trimmed its full-year production guidance for iron ore, coking coal and copper due to bad weather at mines in Australia and industrial action in Chile over the last quarter. * ROYAL BANK: British Bank Royal Bank of Scotland toxic debt settlement was delayed because of changes at the Department of Justice since the electi

European shares firm as earnings, M&A back in play

* Dior up after buyout deal (Adds detail and quotes, updates prices)

 
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