M&A, car sales help European shares to new 8-year high

April 9, 2015 2:21 PM

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LONDON/PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Thursday after figures showing a strong recovery in Europe's auto sector, robust German data and mergers and acquisitions activity or speculation around a number of stocks.

Lafarge and Holcim rose 4.8 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively after they chose the chief executive of their combined company, opening the way for the two cement groups to clinch their $40 billion merger if shareholders back it next month.

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