European shares hit highest since 2000 as euro falls

viernes 10 de abril de 2015 12:27 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.9 pct, hits highest since 2000

* Renewed drop in euro revives earnings recovery hopes

* FTSE, DAX hit all-time highs

By Francesco Canepa and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, April 10 (Reuters) - European shares powered to their highest level since 2000 on Friday, helped by further declines in an already weak euro that is seen supporting an economic recovery and boosting corporate profits.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares closed 0.9 percent higher at 1,645.25 points, surpassing its 2007 peak and taking its gains so far this year to 20 percent.

Germany's DAX index and Britain's FTSE 100 index both hit all time-highs while France's CAC 40 rose to its highest level since 2008.

France's Carrefour, the world's second biggest retailer, rose 2 percent after it reported better-than-expected quarterly sales, driven by growth in Latin America and an improvement at its domestic hypermarkets.

Shares of Nokia jumped 3.9 pct to a 4-year high in a late surge after a Bloomberg report suggesting that the company is weighing a sale of its maps business.   Continuación...