European shares closed around the flatline on Thursday, paring earlier gains generated after euro zone industrial production numbers met analysts' estimates. Production showed its biggest rise since last November.
The pan-European FTEurofirst 300 closed provisionally 0.1 percent lower at 1,392.46 points. The British benchmark FTSE 100 index and the French benchmark Cac 40 ended around 0.1 percent higher, while the German Dax was unofficially 0.1 percent lower.
Bourses in Lisbon, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam had opened 30 minutes late, with operator Euronext blaming a technical glitch.