Dow Jones - Europe's benchmark stock index notched up its biggest daily loss in almost four months on Thursday, as an early sell-off gathered pace in the afternoon after US stocks opened with losses.
There were big moves in stock price for certain companies reporting results, including for Burberry, whose shares tumbled by the most in five years.
The Stoxx Europe 600 was down by just over 1% on the day.
"US future were coming under more pressure than what we've become accustomed to heading into the open and I think this may have spread to other markets with investors possibly doubting that the usual 'buy the dip' mentality would kick in," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, in emailed comments.
"Ultimately, markets are meant to see corrections along the way and this hasn't been the case really throughout the rally recently. As it stands, I don't think the moves are cause for alarm," he added.
Investors continued to juggle corporate earnings reports. Shares that were deeply punished included Burberry and Vestas Wind Systems.
But German lender Commerzbank AG and AstraZeneca were among those whose shares advanced.