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Europe Stocks End Worst Half-Year Since 2008 on Growth Concerns



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European stocks wrapped their worst half-year period since 2008, marked by extreme volatility as prices soared, central banks turned hawkish and Russia invaded Ukraine.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 1.5% by Thursday’s close, extending its year-to-date drop to 17% as investors focused on the prospect of economic slowdown in the face of stubbornly high inflation in the region.