* FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.7 pct, DAX up 2 pct
* German data and late bounce in Chinese shares help
* Amlin surges 32 pct after MS&AD agrees to buy firm
By Atul Prakash
LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - European equities climbed higher on Tuesday with Germany’s benchmark DAX share index outperforming the broader stock market after a strong set of German trade data.
Analysts said a late bounce in Chinese stocks, with the Shanghai Composite Index rising 2.9 percent after falling earlier, had also improved sentiment. European shares recently came under severe pressure following a steep sell-off in Chinese equities and concerns about China’s economic growth.
At 0921 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.7 percent at 1,423.23 points, while the DAX index was up 2 percent at 10,309.51 points.
Figures showed German exports and imports hit record highs in value terms in July, suggesting foreign appetite for goods from Europe’s largest economy remained robust despite a slowdown in China, while domestic demand was also holding up well.
“The German data is offering some relief that the European recovery remains on track and German exports are not impacted too much by the emerging market turmoil,” Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets, said.
“European shares are also up on the back of a rebound in Chinese stocks overnight.”
A surge in late-afternoon buying helped Chinese stocks erase early losses and end sharply higher. But trading volumes in both equity and index futures markets shrank sharply after a slew of government steps aimed at curbing speculative activity.
Late on Monday, China said it would remove tax on dividend incomes for investors who hold stocks for more than a year in an effort to encourage longer-term investment. The announcement came hours after regulators proposed introducing a “circuit breaker” on China’s flagship CSI300 index to help stabilise the market.
“With volatility having receded somewhat during the past few days it appears that investors have been reassessing the potential negative fallout from the slowdown in China,” Markus Huber, senior analyst at Peregrine & Black, said.
Miners tracked a rally in metals prices after China’s August trade data showed copper imports holding steady despite signs of broader struggles for growth. Overall, China’s imports shrank far more than expected in August, falling for the 10th straight month.
The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index rose more than 2 percent.
Shares in Commerzbank gained 7 percent, the top gainer in the FTSEurofirst 300 index, tracking a broader market rally and as JP Morgan raised its stance on the stock to “overweight” from “neutral”.
Mid-cap company Amlin surged 32 percent after Japan’s MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings said it had agreed to buy U.K. rival Amlin for 3.47 billion pounds ($5.34 billion).
Europe bourses in 2015: link.reuters.com/pap87v
Asset performance in 2015: link.reuters.com/gap87v
Today’s European research round-up
Editing by Mark Heinrich