European shares fall amid Greek impasse, weak euro zone data
* FTSEurofirst 300 down 1.8 pct
* Mixed signals from Greek negotiations unnerve investors
* Associated British Foods gains on rating hike (Adds detail, updates closing prices)
By 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.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 closed down 1.8 percent at 1,586.30 points, while the Euro STOXX 50 index of top European shares shed 2.2 percent.
On national stock markets, France's CAC lost 2.5 percent and Germany's DAX 2.3 percent. Athens' benchmark share index fell 1.4 percent.
Leading the losses, Airbus Group fell 4.1 percent. Traders cited comments by the company's strategy chief Marwan Lahoud, who said analysis of the crashed Airbus A400M black box revealed quality problems in final assembly.
The FTSEurofirst lost two percent in a week marked by uncertainty surrounding Greece's negotiations with its international lenders ahead of a payment deadline for Athens looming next week. Continuación...