European shares fall as debt woes hit Greek stocks

viernes 5 de junio de 2015 09:13 GYT

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* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.7 pct, Greece's ATG down 5 pct

* FTSEurofirst eyes steepest weekly loss of 2015

* Europe bourses in 2015:

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) - European shares dropped on Friday, setting a regional index on course for its steepest weekly fall so far this year as the Athens stock market slid after Greece delayed a debt payment.

Greece's benchmark Athex General Composite (ATG) index tumbled 5.2 percent, underperforming a 0.7 percent decline on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which was on track for its biggest weekly decline since December.

Switzerland's Syngenta was among the worst performers on the FTSEurofirst, retreating 3.3 percent on worries about regulatory hurdles for its deal with U.S. agrochemicals firm Monsanto.

Greece delayed the payment to the International Monetary Fund, due on Friday, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras demanded changes to tough terms from international creditors for aid to stave off default.   Continuación...