European shares fall amid Greek impasse, weak euro zone data

viernes 29 de mayo de 2015 06:41 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.7 pct, Greece's ATG down 0.5 pct

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By Francesco Canepa and Liisa Tuhkanen

LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Friday, setting them on course for a weekly loss, as investors were unnerved by conflicting signals from Greece's debt talks and data showing private loan growth in the euro zone stalled last month.

Athens' benchmark share index fell 0.5 percent while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 shed 0.7 percent to 1,603.86 points by 1023 GMT.

The FTSEurofirst is down 0.9 percent so far in a week that has been marked by uncertainty surrounding Greece's negotiations with its international lenders ahead of a payment deadline for Athens looming next week. The index is still up around 1.8 percent for the month.

Greece's government intends to reach an agreement on a cash-for-reforms deal by Sunday, its spokesman said on Thursday, even as euro zone officials suggested a deal was far from imminent and the head of the International Monetary Fund was quoted as saying the country could leave the currency bloc.

The lack of clarity on the outcome meant some traders were reluctant to make strong bets on future market directions.   Continuación...