European shares tread water before Easter break; M&S rallies
* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.2 pct in thin volume
* Marks & Spencer surges after posting a rise in sales
* Oil and mining stocks weigh
* Major European markets shut until Tuesday
By Francesco Canepa and Blaise Robinson
LONDON/PARIS, April 2 (Reuters) - European equity indexes closed broadly flat on Thursday as losses among metals and energy stocks offset sharp post-results gains in retailer Marks & Spencer.
Traders said investors were reluctant to buy ahead of a U.S. jobs report due on Friday when European markets will be shut.
Data on Wednesday showed U.S. private employers added the smallest number of workers in more than a year in March, raising the risk of a disappointing non-farm payrolls reading on Friday.
Shares in M&S rose 5.2 percent after the British retailer returned to growth in non-food sales after four years and started to put its online distribution problems behind it. Continuación...