European stock markets lifted by firmer financial shares
(Updates prices, adds detail)
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct
* FTSE underperforms due to weaker mining stocks
* Volumes thin due to holiday season
* Italy's Prysmian rises on Bahrain contract win
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - European stock markets rose on Tuesday, helped by gains in the banking sector, although weaker mining share prices curbed the progress of the British market.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.7 percent while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 1.2 percent.
Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.2 percent, underperforming bigger gains of 1.3 percent on Germany's DAX and 1.2 percent on France's CAC. Continuación...