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European stocks slide as weak euro zone data fuels slowdown worries

Ryan Browne

IHS Markit's flash euro zone composite PMI fell to 51.3 in March from 51.9 the previous month — analysts were expecting a reading of 52. The disappointing economic data added to market jitters over the Federal Reserve's subdued outlook. Brexit was another area of focus, as the EU agreed to an extension to the date of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the bloc.