LONDON — European shares continued a sharp rebound on Friday, alongside other global markets, following a sell-off in stocks at the start of trading week.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed higher by 1.2%, with autos adding 1.9% to lead gains while basic resources was the only sector in the red, shedding 1%.
Markets in Europe received a strong handover from Asia-Pacific, where Japan’s Nikkei 225 led gains across the region. On Wall Street, U.S. stocks jumped on Friday but the major averages were still on track for modest losses for the week as inflation fears hit sentiment.
The market’s volatility this week was exacerbated by a 4.2% jump in the U.S. Consumer Price Index for April, its fastest annual growth rate since 2008, which sparked fears that the Federal Reserve could be forced to tighten its accommodative monetary policy.
Back in Europe, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said his government is concerned about the increased…