The eurozone's jobless rate fell to its lowest since early 2012 during July, driven by big falls in the number of people without work in Italy and Spain.
... * FTSEurofirst 300 drops 2.1 pct. * Basic resources stocks are top sectoral losers. * DAX underperforms despite stronger German data.
LONDON/BEIJING China's giant manufacturing industry contracted while British and euro zone growth eased in August, rattling markets and reinforcing expectations interest rates may fall again or stay near zero for longer.
JAKARTA, Sept 1 Global economic growth is likely to be weaker than earlier expected, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, due to a slower recovery in advanced economies and a further slowdown in emerging nations.
LONDON Oil prices fell more than 3 percent on Tuesday after official data showed China's giant manufacturing sector, the engine powering the world's biggest energy consumer, contracted at the fastest pace in three years.