European shares extend gains after LSE resumes

LONDON Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:26am EST

LONDON Feb 25 (Reuters) - European shares extended gains on Friday, bouncing after a week-long decline, and with British shares rising on the resumption of trading at the London Stock Exchange (LSE.L) after technical issues.

At 1225 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 index of top European shares was up 0.9 percent at 1,156.10 points, while Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.9 percent.

Miners were among the biggest gainers, as the price of copper and other metals rose, with heavyweights Anglo American (AAL.L), BHP Billiton (BLT.L) and Rio Tinto (RIO.L) up between 2.4 and 2.8 percent. (Reporting by Brian Gorman)