European shares opened lower on Wednesday after the real estate sector led declines against rising euro zone bond yields, while data affirming stubborn inflation in Britain weighed down London stocks.
British consumer price index defied expectations of slowing and held at 8.7% in May. The data came a day before the Bank of England is forecast to raise interest rates for the 13th time in a row.
The reading also served as a stark reminder that the fight against inflation by major central banks is not over yet, sending Germany’s two-year government bond yield , the most sensitive to rate expectations, to its highest since March 10.
Real estate stocks (.SX86P) slid 1.3%.
Investors now await U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s two-day testimony before lawmakers.