European shares closed higher on Wednesday, ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB)'s latest policy decision and Thursday's all-important U.S. employment numbers.
US jobs, ECB eyed
The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index closed provisionally 0.2 percent higher at 1,386 points on Wednesday, having traded in a tight range after Tuesday's moderate gains.
The U.K.'s FTSE 100 closed unofficially 0.2 percent higher at 6,816, after hitting a one-year high of 6,829. The German Dax closed up around 0.1 percent, while the French Cac closed provisionally down 0.3 percent.