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European shares close higher to extend rally

European equities closed higher on Friday, with the FTSE 100 boosted by better-than-expected retail sales data in the U.K. Miners were the biggest sector gainers.

The pan-European provisionally closed higher by 0.5 percent at 1,344.75 points, after a moderate but broad-based rally.

London's FTSE 100 provisionally closed higher by 0.2 percent (finishing the week up by 1.32 percent) after U.K.retail sales showed a massive boost. British shopping figures came in way above expectations for December, official data showed Friday, with strong growth at smaller stores resulting in the largest annual rise since 2004.

(Read More: Surprise! British retail sales surge in December)

Oil giant Shell slides

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell saw its stock close flat after it warned that its fourth-quarter profit is expected to be "significantly lower than recent levels" due to oil and gas price levels and the conditions of the downstream oil products industry.

(Read More: Shell warns of 'significantly lower' profit)


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