European stocks hit a record high on Friday after strong U.S. and China data spurred optimism about a speedy global recovery, while automakers got a boost following Daimler’s better-than-expected profit.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.1% by 0706 GMT, on course for its seventh straight week of gains. The German DAX also gained 0.1%, while UK’s FTSE 100 was up 0.4%.
Global stocks stood near record highs after data showed China’s economic recovery quickened sharply in the first quarter from last year’s deep coronavirus-led slump.
German car and truck maker Daimler gained 2.1% as higher vehicle prices and strong demand in China helped it post a better-than-expected surge in quarterly operating profit. The wider auto index rose 1%.
German meal kit delivery firm HelloFresh jumped 5.6% after its first-quarter preliminary results beat expectations, leading to a 2021 outlook hike.
Lancome maker L’Oreal slipped 1.8% despite posting a further pickup in sales in the first quarter.