European shares fall to new 1-1/2 month lows as global economy darkens

miércoles 8 de octubre de 2014 04:30 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 percent

* China data adds to global growth fears

* Airlines hit by Ebola, Air France suffers after strike

* DAX close to falling below 9,000

By Alistair Smout

EDINBURGH, Oct 8 (Reuters) - European stocks fell on Wednesday, hitting fresh 1 1/2-month lows as investors moved out of shares around the world in the face of a spate of discouraging signals about the global economy.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of blue-chip shares was down 0.4 percent at 1,324.71 at 0811 GMT, touching its lowest levels since mid-August.

Asian and U.S. shares fell overnight after the IMF cut global growth forecasts and German industrial production missed expectations.

In the latest evidence of economic malaise, growth in China's services sector weakened slightly in September as new business cooled, a private survey showed on Wednesday. This reinforced signs of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy that could prompt more stimulus measures.   Continuación...