European shares hover at eight-month highs as virus' economic risks weigh

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Nov 10 (Reuters) - European shares hovered at eight-month highs on Tuesday on optimism around signs of a breakthrough in developing a COVID-19 vaccine, although concerns about the depth of the economic damage from the pandemic capped gains.

The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.2% by 0804 GMT, after rallying 4% in the previous session, as U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said its COVID-19 vaccine, developed with German partner BioNTech SE, was more than 90% effective in preventing the infection.

Banking, travel and leisure, and energy stocks were among the biggest gainers in early trading following gains of more than 7% on Monday.

In company news, German sportswear firm Adidas fell 2.2% even as it said it expects sales to return to growth in China in the fourth quarter. (Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)