European shares tumbled on Wednesday and bond yields rose after a sharp rise in UK inflation turned the spotlight on the possibility of further monetary tightening, while data showed euro zone economic growth slowed. slightly less robust in the second quarter.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed down 0.91% at 439.03 points, its biggest daily percentage decline in more than a month. The index also ended a five-day streak of gains.
Data showed that British consumer price inflation accelerated to 10.1% in July, the highest since February 1982.
“The market is seeing the UK experience as a harbinger of things to come in the European Union,” said Stuart Cole, chief macroeconomist at Equiti Capital.
Eurozone government bond yields edged up after the inflation reading, while investors also turned their focus to data that showed slower-than-expected but still strong economic growth in the bloc in the second quarter, with employment rates up again.
Money markets in the euro zone, meanwhile, continue to fully price a 0.50 percentage point increase in the European Central Bank’s interest rate in September.
European stocks rebounded from June lows but have struggled to advance in August on growing concerns about a recession, high inflation and low water levels on the Rhine River.
The river is Germany’s main commercial artery, which is now experiencing a blockade, with 20 ships stuck in traffic after a vessel engine failure closed part of the waterway. German shares fell more than 2%.
Source: CNN Brasil
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