European shares end lower amid concern over auto emissions scandal

jueves 24 de septiembre de 2015 12:57 GYT

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* Euro STOXX 50 fall 2 pct to lowest since January

* Auto sector falls 3.3 pct, led by BMW; VW edges up

* Wall Street lower before Fed's Yellen speaks

By Danilo Masoni

MILAN, Sept 24 (Reuters) - European shares closed lower on Thursday as investors fretted over the risks to the region's economic recovery from an auto-emissions scandal at Volkswagen .

The declines brought European indexes close to their 2015 lows and came as concern about global growth and apprehension about a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sent Wall Street into the red.

The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index ended down 2 percent at 3,019,34 points. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index fell 2.15 percent, both reaching their lowest level since early January.

European shares have been losing ground since mid-April and fell sharply this summer after a rout in Chinese markets. A recovery followed but was soon wiped out by uncertainty over the Fed's rate policy and now the car emissions scandal.   Continuación...