European shares rebound from Monday sell-off as energy stocks, miners jump
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* ING to quit French retail banking business
* Sanofi's $1 bln Amunix buyout to add to drugmaker's pipeline
* European chipmakers rise on Micron's quarterly beat
* Bollore soars after $6.4 bln offer for African logistics assets (Updates to close)
By Anisha Sircar and Shashank Nayar
Dec 21 (Reuters) - European shares ended higher on Tuesday, recovering Monday's losses, with a jump in commodity-linked and travel stocks offsetting concerns about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
The pan-European STOXX 600 .STOXX added 1.4%, with miners .SXPP and oil stocks .SXEP among the biggest winners amid higher copper and crude prices. Travel shares .SXTP also gained.
"Santa was nowhere to be seen in the doom and gloom yesterday, and a lot of people are buying the dip today, but investors are so nervous about what's happening that the slightest bit of news is tipping their hand," said Danni Hewson, financial analyst at AJ Bell.
The benchmark STOXX 600 rebounded after two days of losses, with fears of COVID-related restrictions across Europe continuing to weigh on sentiment, while a lack of liquidity ahead of year-end holidays could add to volatility.
London's FTSE 100 .FTSE rose 1.4% on strong gains in energy firms Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L and BP BP.L and miners Rio Tinto RIO.L and BHP Group BHPB.L .
Meanwhile, British retail sales growth fell sharply in the first half of December as Omicron concerns kept shoppers away, a monthly survey showed.
German consumer morale is expected to further darken at the start of 2022 as the new coronavirus variant clouds the outlook for Europe's largest economy, a new survey showed.
Additionally on Tuesday, New Zealand postponed its border re-opening plans until the end of February.
Among stocks, semiconductor firm ASML Holding ASML.AS jumped 3.6% to be the biggest boost on the benchmark European index after U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology MU.O beat market expectations in its trading update. .
Peers ASM International ASMI.AS , Infineon Technologies IFXGn.DE and STMicroelectronics STM.PA rose between 0.5% and 1.6%.
Sporting goods makers Adidas ADSGn.DE and Puma PUMG.DE added 0.6% and 0.7% respectively following Nike's NKE.N quarterly beat.
Bollore BOLL.PA leaped 11.5% to the top of the STOXX 600 after the conglomerate owned by billionaire Vincent Bollore's family received a $6.4 billion offer for its African logistics assets.
Sanofi SASY.PA gained 0.9% after announcing it would buy Amunix Pharmaceuticals for about $1 billion.
Dutch financial services company ING INGA.AS rose 3.2% after saying it would quit the French retail banking business, in a move that could affect 460 employees.
Reporting by Anisha Sircar and Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri and Mark Potter
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