Thomson ReutersJanuary 18, 2013 04:30
LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - European shares edged higher on Friday, closing in on multi-month highs after stronger-than-expected Chinese data boosted confidence of a revival in the global economy.
The FTEurofirst 300 was up 0.1 percent at 1,166.58 points by 0802 GMT, in sight of a 2-year high of 1,170.29 points set last week. The EuroSTOXX 50 added 0.3 percent.
Chinese retail sales and industrial output rose more than expected in December, helping fourth quarter economic growth to accelerate for the first time in two years.