European shares rose on Friday, with a boost from defensive sectors after hopes of an economic recovery in major trading partner China were bolstered by more central bank stimulus, though they still ended the week in the red.

Travel and tourism stocks, financial services, healthcare and utilities led gains in Europe, rising between 1.5% and 2.0%, lifting the pan-European STOXX 600 index 0.7%.
Over the week, though, the main index was down 0.5%.

London's FTSE index closed 87 points higher (1.2%) to 7,389, while the Paris CAC rose 12 points (0.2%) to 6,285 and the Frankfurt DAX climbed 99 points (0.7%) higher to reach 13,981.

Dublin's ISEQ index was 110 points higher (1.6%) to close at 7,064. Shares in Bank of Ireland added 3.7% to €5.86 while shares in Glenveagh Properties dropped 1.6% to 91.6 cents.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo stocks gained 336 points (1.2%) to close at 26,739, as bargain-hunting purchases offset risk-off sentiment among investors. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index jumped 614 points (3%) to finish at 20,735 after China's decision to lower a key benchmark rate which lifted sentiment in the region.