Energy woes, year-end caution hit European shares

martes 30 de diciembre de 2014 13:41 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 1 pct, last full trading day of 2014

* Germany's DAX ends year with annual 2.7 pct gain

* Oil& gas stocks down 1.8 pct after Brent hits new low

* Retailer Next up 3.2 pct as Christmas sales boost profit outlook (Adds closing levels, details, quotes)

By Francesco Canepa and Lionel Laurent

LONDON, Dec 30 (Reuters) - European shares fell on Tuesday, the last full trading day of the year, with energy companies hit as Brent oil touched a 5-1/2-year low on persistent concerns about a global supply glut.

The STOXX Europe 600 oil & gas index dropped 1.8 percent, taking its loss for the year to 15 percent. The price of Brent crude has fallen by about half since June due to a big oversupply and tepid demand, hitting energy companies hard.

Trading activity was subdued overall, with uncertainty in Greece also weighing on markets ahead of a Jan. 25 election that polls indicate the leftist anti-bailout Syriza party could win.

"The global markets are suffering with a post-Santa rally hangover," said Spreadex analyst Connor Campbell.   Continuación...