European stocks rise sharply, Greek shares surge after deal
* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index up 1.8 pct
* Randstad and United Internet gain after updates
* Greek shares surge after deal with its lenders
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - European shares climbed in early trading on Tuesday, helped by encouraging updates from companies such as Germany's United Internet and Dutch-based Randstad, the world's second-biggest staffing company.
Sentiment was also improved by the latest comments from an executive board member of the European Central Bank, and by Greece's preliminary deal with its international lenders on home foreclosures, analysts said.
Randstad shares rose 7 percent, the top gainer in the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, after the company said sales had accelerated since it reported third-quarter results and that it expected higher margins in 2016.
United Internet gained about 3 percent after reporting a rise in third-quarter core profit and revenues as the number of subscribers continued to rise.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.8 percent at 1,487.48 points by 0925 GMT after closing 0.2 percent higher in the previous session. French shares were also up 1.8 percent, after falling 0.1 percent on Monday following Friday's Islamist militant attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people. Continuación...