European stocks fell on Thursday as a batch of weak earnings results from French retailer Carrefour and advertiser WPP kept the sentiment gloomy, while broader worries over tightening monetary policy spread over into March.
The Stoxx Europe 600 index dropped 0.9% to 376.13.
Germany’s DAX 30 lost 1.4% to 12,261.73, and France’s CAC 40 dipped 1% to 5,265.44.
The UK’s FTSE 100 dived 0.5% to 7,194.88, and Italy’s FTSE MIB was down 0.9% at 22,409.63.
Shares in Carrefour dropped 6 percent after the group posted weaker operating profit for a second straight year.
Shares of advertiser WPP tumbled 11.7 percent after the company reported its worst performance since the financial crisis.