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Coronavirus to further dent Europe Inc's earnings in 2020

LONDON (Reuters) - Expectations for corporate profits in Europe have worsened sharply within a week as the spread of the coronavirus triggered fears the global economy could come to a standstill, Refinitiv’s latest data showed on Tuesday.

The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX companies are now expected to post a 3.1% decline in Jan-March quarter profits, worsening from the 1.4% drop forecast last week.

It’s a sharp deterioration from the 5% jump seen in early February, according to I/B/E/S Refinitiv data.

Analysts expected Europe to end its corporate recession in the last quarter of 2019 but the supply-chain disruptions and demand hit caused by the virus have quashed those hopes.

Reporting by Julien Ponthus