24/04/2012 05:53 AST

European shares fell to a three-month low in brisk volume on Monday and braced for a bumpy ride as worsening global economic conditions and political uncertainty in France and the Netherlands threatened to deepen the euro zone's crisis.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index fell 24.32 points, or 2.3 percent, to 1,021.76, a level not seen since mid-January, having traded 123.2 percent of its 90-day volume average.

The plunge came as data showed the euro zone's private sector unexpectedly slumped in April, denting the demand outlook for European corporates and potentially hampering governments' efforts to balance their budgets.

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Ticker Price Volume
QNBK 123.30 103,897
SABIC 100.87 2,504,855
MMG 0.00 0
CHEMANOL 7.11 932,192
ARNB 24.06 13,626
BURUJ 34.50 110,831
KCBK 12.00 1,889
Index Closing Change
NIKKEI 225 20,299.38 389.88 (1.95%)
DAX 12,561.79 2.40 (0.01%)
S&P 500 2,506.65 2.78 (0.11%)
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