European shares suffer worst weekly fall since mid-June

viernes 19 de agosto de 2016 12:47 GYT

* STOXX 600 down 0.8 pct

* Vopak tumbles after results

* STOXX 600 slip 7 pct so far in 2016

* Italian bank shares fall sharply (Recasts, adds detail and quote, updates prices)

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - European stock markets fell on Friday in their worst weekly loss since the middle of June, with storage tank group Vopak slumping after its results while major bank stocks also weakened.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended down 0.8 percent, posting a weekly loss of 1.7 percent - its worst since mid-June. The index is down 7 percent so far in 2016.

Uncertainty over a possible near-term interest rate hike in the United States, the world's biggest economy, also weighed on markets. Central bankers from around the world will gather from Aug. 25 for an annual meeting at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Yellen is due to speak the following day, and is likely to cement expectations for a slow pace of rate increases.   Continuación...