UPDATE 1-Miners help European shares edge up, staying near 2-1/2 year high

* STOXX 600 edges up 0.2 pct

* Miners rise 1 pct as metals gain

* Oerlikon jumps on China orders

* Warnings hammer Dignity, Carpetright (Adds details, updates prices)

MILAN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - European shares edged up on Friday as gains among miners following strong economic data from top metals consumer China helped offset a pullback in energy firms as crude prices fell.

The pan-regional STOXX 600 benchmark was up 0.2 percent by 0856 GMT, on track to end the week near a 2-1/2 year peak as confidence over economic and earnings growth helped consolidate a strong start to the year.

The basic resources index, where big mining stocks are listed, rose 1 percent, leading sectoral gainers in Europe, as metals prices were buoyed by the first acceleration in China's economic growth in seven years.

Shares in BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Glencore were all up between 0.5 and 1.2 percent.

Among outstanding movers were shares in OC Oerlikon , up 4.2 percent, after the Swiss-listed textile-and-surfacing solutions group forecast rising textile margins following two big Chinese orders.

"These contracts point to a stronger and more sustainable recovery of the investment cycle in the manmade/polyester industry especially in the key manmade market in China," Baader Helvea said in a note, affirming its buy rating.

Software AG rose 2 percent to its highest level in 18 years, supported by the prospect of a rise in 2018 earnings as a result of tax reforms in the United States.

Energy stocks were the biggest fallers, down 0.6 percent, tracking a fall of more than 1 percent in crude prices.

Among British mid-caps, a profit warning sent crematorium operator Dignity down 53 percent.

Britain's biggest floor coverings retailer Carpetright also warned on profits, sending its shares plummeting 44 percent and weighing on home improvement retailer Kingfisher , down 2.9 percent.

Elsewhere among top losers, Air France fell 2.2 percent after a downgrade from Morgan Stanley, while Ferrovial declined 2 percent after a downgrade from Deutsche Bank. (Reporting by Danilo Masoni; Editing by Edmund Blair)