European stocks hit a two-week high on Thursday, as a surprise profit by Swedish retail giant H&M and fading concerns about stress in the banking sector sparked a rally on Wall Street overnight.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.6% by 0708 GMT, hitting it strongest level since March 13, after major U.S. stock indexes rallied on Wednesday. The benchmark S&P 500 closed above its 50-day moving average for the first time since March 6, before the onset of the bank crisis.
H&M climbed 7.3% after the world's second-biggest fashion retailer reported a surprise operating profit for the December-February period but warned that overall sales for the spring season had been delayed by cold weather.
The wider retail index climbed 1.8%.
European banks rose 0.4% to hit a one-week high as investors took heart from the sale of failed Silicon Valley Bank's assets and takeover of embattled Swiss lender Credit Suisse.
Real estate shares jumped 2.3%, extending a bounce from five-month lows hit earlier this week.
Danish wind turbine maker Vestas climbed 4.9% after it won an order in Brazil.
(Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)