Empresas y finanzas

Airbus sells further 15 percent stake in Dassault Aviation

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Group said it is selling a further 15 percent stake in business and fighter jet maker Dassault Aviation as it continues to unwind its 16-year-old link to its defense market rival.

The move will see AIRBUS (EAD.PA) stake drop to around 27 percent from 42 percent, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

DASSAULT (DSY.PA)Aviation, which has asked Euronext to suspend trading in its shares, said it will take part in the placement by purchasing a maximum of 5 percent of its share capital at a maximum price of 980 euros a share.

Airbus already cut its stake from 46.3 percent to 42.1 percent in November, saying then that it would make its "best efforts" to sell up to a further 10 percent of Dassault Aviation by June 30, 2015, in one or more placements.

(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Blaise Robinson)