(Reuters) – European shares rose on Wednesday, supported by stronger-than-expected growth in Germany’s economy, although concerns over a possible rise in inflation and lofty equity valuations kept gains in check.
Bullish exports and solid construction activity helped the German economy to grow by a stronger-than-expected 0.3% in the final quarter of last year, official data showed.
The benchmark euro-zone stock index STOXX 600 rose 0.2%, with travel and construction stocks leading gains.
German sportswear company Puma dropped nearly 4% to the bottom of the STOXX 600 after saying it expects a heavy impact on its results from pandemic lockdowns through the end of the second quarter.
Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty