Most European stocks advanced amid shortened trading hours for Christmas Eve and before reports on U.S. durable-goods orders and new house sales.
In Dublin, however, the Iseq index was down 0.1 per cent on a short day of trading. The exchange will close for Christmas today at 1.15pm.
London's FTSE was more festive, rising 0.4 per cent. In Frankfurt, the DAX was up 0.9 per cent and the CAC in Paris was unchanged.
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