The pan-European STOXX 600 index inched 0.3% higher by 0717 GMT, extending a winning run this week.
Markets globally appeared to be in a holding pattern ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve‘s policy announcement, with investors expecting somewhat rosier economic forecasts but a renewed pledge to keep interest rates low for as long as the U.S. economy needs to recover from a pandemic-driven downturn.
London’s blue-chip shares slipped 0.1%, dragged lower by banking shares.
Inditex said it saw a 74% jump in online sales in the first half, pushing its shares 4.2% higher. The retail sector was up 1.4%.