LONDON — Europe and Asia’s indexes all tumbled again in trading this morning.
The FTSE 100 in London was down 1.8 percent, the CAC 40 in Paris was down 2.2 percent, the DAX in Frankfurt fell 2.5 percent and the FTSE MIB in Milan fell 2.1 percent.
The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo closed down 1.2 percent and the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong dipped 1.8 percent.
Shares in banks including Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays led the falls in London, along with shares in BP. Banking shares were also among the biggest fallers in Germany, including Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank.
It’s thought that investors are wary ahead of August’s U.S. employment figures, which are due to be released later today. Also among the factors affecting sentiment was a statement issued Thursday by Italy’s Confindustria, which represents manufacturing and services companies, describing Italy’s austerity package as “weak and inadequate.”
Fashion and luxury stocks were also hit. Swatch Group fell 4.6 percent, Hermès fell 1.8 percent, Marks & Spencer fell 4.2 percent, Mulberry fell 4.2 percent and Richemont fell 4.5 percent.