Scotland is stronger as part of the U.K. says Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former U.K. ambassador to the U.S told CNBC., adding that an independent Scotland will struggle to secure EU and NATO membership.» Read More
*BNP Paribas tasked to find buyers for field- sources. LONDON/ LAGOS, Sept 16- France's Total SA, Europe's second largest oil company, has put one of its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.
LONDON, Sept 16- German 10- year yields fell back below 1 percent on Tuesday as data showed investor morale hit its lowest in nearly two years in September, suggesting tensions between Russia and the West had hit Europe's largest economy.
*Worries about U.S. rates, Scotland referendum. PARIS, Sept 16- European stocks fell on Tuesday, with one index hitting a two-week low, as this week's referendum on independence in Scotland and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting kept investors on edge.
LONDON, Sept 16- A renewed drop in the Australian dollar was the main move on major currency markets on Tuesday, with the dollar, euro and yen steady before potentially more dramatic events later in the week. Since then the Aussie has renewed its course, "said Graham Davidson, a spot currency dealer with National Australia Bank in London.
LONDON, Sept 16- British online fashion retailer ASOS warned on profit for the third time in seven months, saying its needs to cut prices in international markets to reverse a sharp slowdown in sales growth.
FRANKFURT, Germany— A key measure of German investor optimism fell in September for the ninth month in a row, dragged down by worries over the crisis in Ukraine, economic stagnation in Europe and the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland. But the major factor appears to have been fear that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could escalate.
*London pledges Scotland health spending powers. EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.
*Startup sale prices have surged in Europe. It's an increasingly familiar story in Europe, where hundreds of entrepreneurs have set up incubators that are adapting the Silicon Valley model to fast-track new companies. One EU-funded study from March, by database Seed-DB, estimated startups have created 3,500-4,500 jobs in Europe.
LONDON— Official figures show that inflation in the U.K. eased further below the Bank of England's target in August following falls in food and fuel prices.
The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, was down 0.2 percent after hitting its lowest level since mid-August earlier in the session. In Europe, the benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.4 percent.
LONDON, Sept 16- Brent crude oil fell towards $97 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by weak economic data from the world's two biggest energy consumers which pointed to weak demand growth at a time of strong supply. November Brent was down 37 cents to $97.51 a barrel by 0810 GMT.
*Orange, TDC fall after striking acquisitions. France's Orange fell 1.2 percent after unveiling a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecommunications operator Jazztel, whose shares surged 6 percent, adding to a 12 percent rise on Monday.
The Conservatives, also known as Tories, have been in power in the United Kingdom more often than not since the end of World War I. For a while, Scotland was even a bedrock of support— in the 1955 general election the Conservatives won half the vote and seats in Scotland.
EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Britain promised to guarantee Scotland's high levels of state funding, granting Scots control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.
The ZEW indicator of German investor confidence will provide a brief distraction from this month's dominant concerns in Europe- Scotland's vote on independence and the prospect of a clear warning of interest rate rises from the U.S.
*Lilly to partner on AstraZeneca's BACE inhibitor drug. LONDON, Sept 16- AstraZeneca has signed a partnership deal with U.S. rival Eli Lilly that could earn the British company up to $500 million if a promising- but risky- experimental Alzheimer's drug proves successful.
LONDON, Sept 16- European equity markets edged lower on Tuesday, keeping within their recent range while mergers& acquisitions activity took centre stage after a wave of bids. France's Orange fell 0.7 percent after saying late on Monday it reached a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecommunications operator Jazztel, whose shares surged 6 percent.
EDINBURGH, Sept 16- Alex Salmond wields no claymore sword and appears only sparingly in a kilt, and yet he has brought Scotland closer to independence than any Scottish warrior since union with England more than 300 years ago. This campaign reaches its climax on Thursday when Scots vote in a referendum on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or to break away.
KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent to 15,914.84 while South Korea's Kospi gained 0.5 percent to 2,045.00. Markets in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia also fell.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 16- The dollar eased on Tuesday with investors reluctant to do much as they waited for fresh guidance on interest rates from the Federal Reserve, while the Australian dollar held above a six-month trough.