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Jan 13 (Reuters) - European shares slipped on Thursday,
weighed down by defensive and travel stocks, on a continuing
surge in COVID-19 cases globally due to the Omicron variant and
as worries persisted about a tighter monetary policy
The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.2% as of 0825
GMT, with healthcare, food & beverage and travel
stocks leading declines.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged mandatory COVID-19
vaccinations for all adults, while the French Senate approved
new measures to tackle the virus, including a vaccine pass.
Germany's largest solar group SMA Solar Technology
dropped 7.7% after a second forecast cut for 2021.
Food ingredients maker Chr Hansen rose 4.6% after
reporting quarterly organic revenue growth well above forecasts.
Swiss plumbing supplies firm Geberit slipped 2.3%
as it said increased uncertainty made it impossible to give a
2022 outlook for raw materials prices or the construction market
(Reporting by Anisha Sircar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak