Europe extends two-week slide on China, Ukraine jitters

jueves 13 de marzo de 2014 12:22 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.6 percent

* Worries over Chinese growth, Ukraine weigh on sentiment

* Morrison's warning sets off sell-off among UK retailers

By Tricia Wright

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - European stocks fell on Thursday, extending a two-week slide, as worries over economic growth in China and tension in Ukraine took their toll on market sentiment.

A sell-off among UK retailers after a profit warning by Morrison's also kept investors on edge.

Concern about China intensified after data showed its economy slowed markedly in the first two months of the year. Growth in investment, retail sales and factory output have all dropped to multi-year lows.

Investors were also wary about developments in Ukraine before Sunday's referendum in Crimea, which investors worry could bring harsh Western sanctions against Russia.

Germany's Angela Merkel warned Moscow that it risked "massive" political and economic damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine, saying Western leaders were united in their readiness to impose sanctions on Russia if necessary.   Continuación...