European shares creep higher after firmer GDP data

viernes 14 de febrero de 2014 05:19 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 percent

* Firmer German, French growth data lifts sentiment

* ThyssenKrupp, Anglo American boosted by robust results

By Tricia Wright

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - European stocks advanced on Friday, notching their seventh rise in eight sessions, as firmer economic growth in Germany and France fuelled expectations of a rebound in corporate profits in Europe this year.

The market has recovered third-quarters of its post emerging markets sell-off, buoyed by signs of improvement in regional economic growth, strong numbers from companies including ThyssenKrupp and the prospect of a centre-left leader in Italy.

The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.1 percent at 1,327.23 points by 0909 GMT. The index has risen some 5 percent from an early February low.

The French economy grew 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2013, slightly beating expectations and boosted by corporate investment, and German economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to 0.4 percent on a rise in exports and capital investment, data showed.

Meanwhile, Italy's economy grew marginally at the end of last year for the first time since the middle of 2011, data showed, confirming market expectations.   Continuación...