European stock markets lifted by rising mining shares
* Shares up in last full session before Christmas break
* Mining stocks dominate list of top performers
* 2015 EU stock market performance reut.rs/1ZnkfVX
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Dec 23 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Wednesday, lifted by gains in the mining sector on the back of stronger copper prices and signs of more Chinese economic stimulus measures.
In the last full trading session before the Christmas holiday break, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index gained 1.6 percent while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 1.5 percent.
Britain's FTSE 100 index tacked on 1.3 percent, while Germany's DAX climbed 1.5 percent.
London-listed mining stocks dominated the list of Europe's top performing shares on stronger London copper prices, with Glencore and Anglo American both rising more than 4 percent.
Investors are looking for more signs that Chinese stimulus measures are having a positive impact in the world's top metals user, with some encouraging early signs of an improvement in spending on the state power grid and on housing. Continuación...