European shares ended higher on Friday, boosted by better-than-estimated growth data in the Eurozone, and a positive reaction from Italian shares over the new prime minister. - Stoxx 600 advanced 0.56 percent or 1.84 points to 333.32 - Stoxx 50 advanced 0.68% to 3119.06 Data released mid-morning showed the euro zone economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2013. Official figures published by Europe`s statistics agency, Eurostat, revealed the economy had expanded by 0.3 percent over the period compared with the previous quarter, above analyst forecasts of 0.2 percent. This came after early-morning figures showed the German and French economies grew at a similar pace in the final quarter of 2013, bridging the gap seen in recent quarters between the euro zone`s two largest economies, as investment picked up in both regions. France`s economy grew 0.3 percent in the final quarter of 2013, slightly more than the 0.2 percent analysts had expected, after seeing no growth in the third quarter.
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