European markets tumbled at Monday's close to finish sharply lower, as heavy losses in several sectors, a continued decline in commodity prices and Friday's mixed U.S. employment data, added to concerns over global growth.
The pan-European STOXX 600 fell to close near session lows, off 3.5 percent provisionally. Meanwhile, Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 fell to end 3.4 percent down, hitting its lowest level since October 2013.
Germany's DAX briefly fell below the 9,000 mark more than once during trade, for the first time since late October 2014, with its index closing 3.3 percent down. London's FTSE was off 2.7 percent, while France's CAC 40 finished 3.2 percent lower.
The Athens index was Europe's worst-performing index, closing 7.9 percent lower, with analysts saying the fall was due to uncertainty that a bailout review by the country's lenders could drag on, Reuters reported.