European shares closed in positive territory on Tuesday as new data for Germany beat expectations and buoyed investor sentiment.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 unofficially ended the session 0.6 percent higher at 1,360, with investors cheering new economic data from Germany. The keenly watched German ZEW indicator of economic sentiment came in at 11.5 points for November, versus -3.6 in October.
Tuesday's data was viewed as promising, given recent signs the German economy was slowing. The German DAX Index was Europe's top gainer and closed around 1.6 percent higher, with construction and auto stocks helping the bourse move higher.