European shares dip early; Scotland worries weigh

lunes 8 de septiembre de 2014 04:13 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 pct, FTSE 100 down 0.4 pct

* Survey shows 'yes' to Scotland independence at 51 pct

* Shares in Scottish-based banks drop

* Goldman upgrades equities to overweight from neutral

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, Sept 8 (Reuters) - European shares fell in early trading on Monday, retreating after an opinion poll showed supporters of Scottish independence from Britain taking the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign began.

Shares in Scottish-based banks featured among the biggest losers, with Lloyds Banking Group down 2.2 percent and Royal Bank of Scotland down 2.7 percent.

With less than two weeks to go before the vote, a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times newspaper put the "Yes" to independence campaign at 51 percent against the "no" camp at 49 percent, overturning a 22-point lead for the unionist campaign in just a month.

Analysts and economists have questioned whether an independent Scotland will be able to host such large banks. Banking industry sources told Reuters last week that Lloyds is considering moving its registered offices to London if Scots vote for independence.   Continuación...