The biggest three-day jump since January sent European stocks to an all-time high.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced 1.1 percent to 409.15 at the close of trading in London. German industrial production rose in February, the latest of economic data in the euro area beating forecasts.
The Stoxx 600 has rallied 19 percent this year as the European Central Bank started a quantitative-easing program. The one from the Federal Reserve helped U.S. shares more than triple from a 12-year low in March 2009. Minutes from the Fed™s last meeting showed officials were split on the timing for a first interest-rate increase.
All industry groups climbed on Thursday, with carmakers and construction companies leading the advance. Lafarge SA added 5.7 percent and Holcim Ltd. rose 3.6 percent after the cement makers agreed to appoint Eric Olsen to lead their combined operation as they seek to overcome lingering opposition from some shareholders to their planned merger.