European shares fall as China devalues, ZEW weakens

martes 11 de agosto de 2015 10:50 GYT

* Germany's DAX falls 2.4 pct

* BMW, Swatch, LVMH weaker after Chinese move

* Greek shares rise on new bailout deal

* Konecranes shares surge on Terex merger plan (Adds new comments, updates prices.)

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - European shares retreated on Tuesday, with carmakers and luxury goods stocks among the worst performers, after China devalued its currency and a report showed economic sentiment weakening in Germany.

China is a top export market for euro zone companies, and its devaluation of the yuan raised the prospect of a new round of currency wars. European equities and export-focused companies have benefited from a weaker euro this year after the European Central Bank began its bond-buying scheme to spur growth.

"There are concerns about the pressure on earnings from European companies exposed to China over the next six months," said Dennis Jose, a strategist at Barclays. "If we see more depreciation it could get worse."

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index and the euro zone's Euro STOXX 50 index both fell by around 1.5 percent. Germany's exporter-heavy DAX index lost more than 2 percent, falling to its lowest level since Aug. 3.   Continuación...