European stock markets lifted by firmer financial shares
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.5 pct, FTSE 100 up 1 pct at close
* FTSE underperforms due to weaker mining stocks
* Volumes thin due to holiday season
* Italy's Prysmian rises on Bahrain contract win (Adds detail, updates with prices at close)
By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Kit Rees
LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - European stock markets rose on Tuesday, helped by gains in the banking sector, although weaker mining share prices held back the British market.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was 1.5 percent higher at its close while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 1.8 percent.
Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 1 percent at its close, underperforming bigger gains of 1.9 percent on Germany's DAX and 1.8 percent on France's CAC.
The London market's relative underperformance was due to a fall in mining stocks, which account for around 5 percent of the FTSE's overall market capitalisation. Continuación...