European equity close: Gains to start the new month

Closing changes for the main European bourses:

  • UK FTSE 100 +0.4%
  • German DAX +0.5%
  • French CAC +0.6%
  • Spain IBEX -0.1%
  • Italy MIB +0.2%
A late bid helped most markets but it was a back-and-forth day with the market not quite sure how to handle the signals from the bond market.