European shares turned negative in choppy trading on Tuesday, after weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales data cast some doubt on the strength of the recovery in the world's biggest economy.

At 1:53 a.m. ET, the FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index of top European shares was 0.2 percent lower at 1,069.49 points, having been in and out of positive territory during the session.

(Reporting by Brian Gorman)