European shares gain ground as Ryanair and William Hill surge
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* STOXX 600 rises, but still down 6 pct in 2016
* Bid interest drives up William Hill shares
* Ryanair rises, issues upbeat outlook despite Brexit
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - European stocks rose on Monday, with low-cost airline Ryanair climbing after it issued a bullish outlook while shares in William Hill surged on bid interest from its rivals.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.7 percent, near the level it was at before Britain's vote in late June to quit the European Union.
European stock markets also edged higher after the publication of Germany's IFO business morale data.
Even though the IFO reading fell to 108.3 in July from 108.7 in June, it still came in stronger than the Reuters consensus forecast for a reading of 107.5. Continuación...