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Renewed optimism over a U.S.-China trade deal and a smaller-than-expected decline in German economic output fuelled a rally in European stocks on Tuesday, with Frankfurt shares hitting a 1-month high.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.8 per cent by 0711 GMT, extending this week’s gains on the back of positive updates on Covid-19 treatment efforts.

Lifting sentiment, top U.S. and Chinese trade officials reaffirmed their commitment to the Phase 1 trade deal despite diplomatic rifts between the two countries.

The trade-sensitive German DAX rose 1 per cent, helped by data showing Europe’s largest economy contracted by a record 9.7 per cent in the second quarter, but marked a minor upward revision from an earlier estimate of -10.1 per cent.

All eyes will be on the Ifo institute’s business climate index for August, due to be released at 0800 GMT.

Among individual stocks, technology company Aveva Group rose 3.2 per cent after announcing a deal to buy OSIsoft, a privately held maker of industrial software, for an enterprise value of $5 billion.

LVMH gained 1.1 per cent after a source told Reuters the French luxury goods giant and U.S. jewellery chain Tiffany will give themselves another three months to complete their $16.2 billion tie-up.

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