LONDON Feb 26 European shares edged lower on
Wednesday, weighed by weakness in Credit Suisse that
helped stall the advance of a leading regional index to a fresh
near 6-year high.
At 0812 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.1
percent at 1,350.26 points, just off a high last seen in May
2008, led by 1.8 percent fall in shares of the Swiss bank.
Credit Suisse fell after the U.S. Senate alleged new
misdeeds by the bank on Tuesday, the latest development in a a
five-year-old conflict over Swiss lenders helping Americans
Helping contain the early weakness, however, were gains for
French conglomerate Bouygues, up 4.1 percent after it
posted higher full-year core profit, and Weir Group
after it said it expects to return to growth this year.