European shares fell on Monday as China’s lackluster economic data knocked down commodity-linked stocks, while luxury group Richemont slumped on weaker-than-expected organic sales growth.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.5% by 0706 GMT. The benchmark index posted gains of nearly 3% in the previous week, driven by hopes that the US Federal Reserve could wind up its interest rate hikes soon.
Data on Monday signaledgrew at a frail pace in the second quarter on weaker demand, leading to a fall in commodity prices, which dragged miners and energy firms down 1.6% and 0.8%, respectively.
Shares ofdropped nearly 7% after the world’s second-biggest luxury firm reported a 19% rise in its quarterly organic sales, but fell short of analysts’ estimates.
Shares of other China-exposed luxury firms such as LVMH, Hermes, and Kering slumped between 2% and 2.7%.
(Reporting by Amruta Khandekar; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
This article originally appeared on reuters.com