European shares ended the day in the green on Thursday, despite some disappointing data from the euro zone, as investors focused on central bank monetary policy.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 closed up around 0.6 percent at 1,354.68 points. It followed some fluctuation earlier, as investors digested the flash composite Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the euro zone.
The flash estimate fell to 52.8 in August, below the forecasted 53.4, where a reading above 50 indicates expansion. Analysts expressed relief that the data was not worse, and noted that the figures for France indicated that business activity had started to stabilize after contracting in previous months.