European shares to end 2015 with gains, albeit below earlier peaks
* German and French markets up around 10 pct in 2015
* FTSE has underperformed, down around 5 pct in 2015
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) - European shares were set on Thursday to end 2015 with gains made over the course of the year, although they remained below earlier peaks after weak commodity prices weighed on markets in the final quarter.
Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index and France's benchmark CAC-40 index were both down 0.4 percent on Thursday.
Germany's DAX was closed for a public holiday, while other markets were due for only a half day of trading.
Brent crude oil prices stayed near 11-year lows, with shares in oil companies such as BP and Total falling.
"The FTSE is crawling towards the finishing line looking a bit bruised and battered," said Spreadex analyst Connor Campbell.
Both the FTSE and DAX have fallen from record highs reached in April, pulled down partly by concerns about a slowdown in China, which is the world's second-biggest economy and a major consumer of commodities such as metals and oil. Continuación...