European shares climb higher, helped by financial stocks
* FTSEurofirst 300 closes up 0.7 pct
* Euro STOXX 50, DAX and CAC all gain ground
* Banco Popolare and Allianz rise
* Weak China data weighs on energy shares
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - European stock markets climbed higher on Monday as a rise in some major financial shares offset the impact of weaker energy stocks that curbed the progress of the British market.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index and Germany's DAX both rose 1 percent, while France's CAC advanced by 0.8 percent.
Athens' main stock market also advanced 2.1 percent on signs that a new Greek bailout deal was on its way, although the Greek market remains down 17 percent since the start of 2015 due to the country's debt problems.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index progressed 0.7 percent, but Britain's FTSE 100 - which has a greater exposure towards commodity stocks than other European markets - fared less well, rising by only 0.3 percent. Continuación...