European stocks retreated on Thursday, as mining shares were hit by worries over China’s economic state, and as investors awaited the European Central Bank's crucial policy meeting.
The pan-European 600 Index slumped 0.5% to 388.20.
The DAX 30 index in Germany tumbled 0.4% to 12,838.55, and France’s CAC 40 index was down 0.6% at 5,420.71. Spain’s IBEX 35 slid 0.3% to 9,868.70, while Italy’s FTSE MIB index slumped 0.9% to 22,207.68.
Germany's consumer price inflation jumped 2.2 percent year-on-year in May, Destatis reported. Retail sales in the UK increased by 1.3% in May due to good weather and the positive impact of the royal wedding on consumer demand.
Unilever shares fell 1.6% after the company said it would leave the FTSE series of indexes.
Anglo American lost 1.8% after it has agreed a $600m transaction with Mitsubishi Corporation that would increase the Japan-based company’s stake in the Quellaveco copper project in Peru by 21.9 percent.
Shares in Aveva Group Plc jumped by 11.3% following its financial results.