European shares dip below multi-year high before Ifo, Hermes slips

miércoles 25 de marzo de 2015 04:58 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 hovers below 7-1/2 year high

* Steel producers rally after EU says to impose duties

By Blaise Robinson

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) - European shares dipped in early trading on Wednesday to just below 7-1/2-year highs with investors waiting for clues on the outlook for Germany's economy from a business confidence survey due out at 0900 GMT.

Shares in Hermes were standout losers, falling 1.9 percent after the French luxury goods maker said foreign exchange rates had dragged its margins lower. Hermes has a strong exposure to Japan.

Shares in Acerinox, Outokumpu and Aperam surged between about 4 percent and 6 percent after Europe said it will impose punitive anti-dumping duties on stainless steel cold-rolled sheet from China and Taiwan.

The EU will apply tariffs of about 24-25 percent for imports from China and of about 11-12 percent for Taiwanese product, following a complaint lodged in May 2014 by the European steel producers association, Eurofer.

Accor fell 3.6 percent after Eurazeo and Colony Capital sold a near 10-percent stake in the hotel group.

By 0846 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.2 percent at 1,601.41 points.   Continuación...