European markets rose Tuesday, as investors took heart from the first rise in German investor confidence in 2014. By midday trading, top gainers included Balfour Beatty plc after Britain’s biggest builder its construction services order book increased in the third quarter. In Amsterdam, Royal KPN NV was up more than 2% after the biggest Dutch phone company said it has agreed to buy the remaining 40% it doesn’t already own in Dutch fiber optics group Reggefiber for €610 million. European carmakers including Volkswagen AG and Renault SA also also motored ahead on news that passenger car registrations in the EU rose 6.5% in October from a year earlier, registering the fourteenth consecutive month of year-on-year growth.

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