European shares rise, buoyed by Lisbon and firmer utility stocks
(Updates with closing prices)
* FTSEurofirst 300 closes up 0.5 pct
* Lisbon bourse up 2.1 pct before weekend election
* Weak U.S. jobs data pushes stocks down off earlier highs
* Volkswagen loses more ground, faces French probe
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - European shares closed higher on Friday, as firmer utility stocks and gains on the Lisbon bourse before weekend elections in Portugal propped up markets in spite of weak U.S. jobs data.
However, Volkswagen fell 4.3 percent to around its lowest level in four years as a French investigation added to pressure from a scandal over the carmaker's diesel emissions.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 0.5 percent, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index finished 0.6 percent higher. Continuación...