European shares dip ahead of ECB meeting

jueves 6 de noviembre de 2014 08:10 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.2 pct, remains in recent range

* Credit Agricole CEO blames France's 'absence of clear vision'

* ECB seen waiting for stimulus to kick in

By Blaise Robinson and Sudip Kar-Gupta

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - European shares inched lower on Thursday as investors were kept on edge by concern that the European Central Bank's policy meeting might not yield new monetary easing.

Shares in Credit Agricole featured among the top losers, down 4.3 percent after the French lender posted a fall in revenues at home, blaming French government policy.

"The absence of a clear vision and lack of coherence in economic policies is weighing on confidence and therefore investment and economic activity," Credit Agricole CEO Jean-Paul Chifflet told reporters on a conference call.

Shares in rival Societe Generale fell 0.9 percent after the bank posted earnings, with traders citing disappointing figures in French retail lending.

By 1153 GMT the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.2 percent at 1,346.64 points.   Continuación...