By Daniel Hunter

The knock-on effect of last week's disappointing US jobs data was felt in Europe today (Tuesday), as stocks fell in early trading.

In France the Cac 40 index dropped down 1.5%, while the FTSE 100 in London lost 1%, as did Germany's Dax.

With media reports suggesting that Italy would cut its growth forecast the country saw shares fall away by 3%.

Friday's US job data revealed the smallest growth in employment for almost five months.

The US economy added 120,000 jobs during March, less than the 200,000 widely predicted by analysts.

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