The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Index provisionally closed 0.4 percent higher at 1,164.69 points, stuck in the 1 percent range that has trapped it for the past week, as the index consolidated 22-month highs.
Corporate updates were the main driver on Thursday, with AB Foods, owner of discount retailer Primark, and supermarket Carrefour rising 5.5 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively, in brisk volume after they reported reassuring figures for the end of 2012. Belgian supermarket Delhaize released fourth-quarter earnings that were in line with expectations.
"Investors are starting to judge stocks based on their fundamentals, as opposed to macro factors," Mark Buchanan, director of trading strategy at Credit Suisse, said.
Rio Tinto also announced that CEO Tom Albanese was stepping down, with Sam Walsh confirmed as his successor.
Anglo American also showed losses on news that operations had to be stopped on Tuesday night at a platinum mine in South Africa; Exane BNP downgraded their outlook on the firm from neutral to underperform.