European equities gained on Tuesday, despite continued wariness surrounding low oil prices and China's economic slowdown.
The pan-European STOXX 600 came off session highs to close up by around 0.9 percent.
Oil edges towards $30
The continued decline in oil prices pushed many European energy stocks lower. A particularly weak performer was Tullow Oil, which slumped more than 7 percent.
BP closed down 1.5 percent after the company announced plans to slash 5 percent of its global workforce, on the back of the continued slump in oil prices.
Morrisons, Tesco surges
The retail sector was a bright spot for investors on Tuesday. British supermarket chain Morrisons came off session highs, but finished 8.7 percent up, after it said that like-for-like sales excluding fuel in the 9 weeks to Jan 3 were up 0.2 percent.
Shares in rival supermarket chain Sainsbury were up over 3 percent, after market research firm Kantar said its sales rose over the holidays and its market share has risen to 17 percent in the U.K.
Tesco ended over 6.5 percent higher, despite its market share and sales slipping in the 12 weeks to January 3, according to Kantar.
Meanwhile, Finnish retailer Kesko announced plans to buy building firm Onninen in an all-share deal worth 369 million euros ($401 million), sending shares to close over 7 percent higher.
And German retailer Metro reported first quarter like-for-like sales were up 0.1 percent and reaffirmed its full-year guidance, sending shares over 3 percent.
Carmakers drive higher
The auto sector was the best-performing sector on Tuesday, up over 2 percent. Peugeot Citroen shares finished up 4.8 percent after it said global vehicle sales volumes rose 1.16 percent in 2015.
Italy's Fiat Chrysler was almost 3 percent higher after chief executive Sergio Marchionne said the carmaker would end the year at the high end of its financial guidance.
And embattled German carmaker Volkswagen said it was expanding its U.S. goodwill program to those affected by the emissions cheating scandal. Shares in Volkswagen were over 3 percent up.