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Europe's main stock markets finished up on Thursday with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index and Frankfurt's DAX 30 index hitting record high closing levels.
German unemployment fell for the fifth consecutive month in February, dropping twice as much as forecast with the pickup in economy, driving a gain in hiring.
Sibanye Gold, which says it wants to expand into platinum, says it is not interested in Impala Platinum’s Marula mine.
British business investment has fell at its sharpest rate in nearly 6 years late last year, after tumbling global oil prices hit the North Sea petroleum industry.
European stock markets have mostly risen, with the UK banking sector in focus after RBS posted fresh huge losses and Standard Chartered unveiled a boardroom shake-up.
Wall Street stocks have dipped in opening trade following mixed US economic data.
India's government unveiled plans on to invest $137bn in its decrepit rail network over the next five years, heralding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aggressive approach to building infrastructure.
European shares have risen as a rally in metals prices pushed basic resources stocks higher, sending the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 to a new multi-year high.