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European stocks rise on upbeat forecasts from Zalando, Volkswagen

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March 16 (Reuters) - European stocks rose on Tuesday as German online fashion retailer Zalando and carmaker Volkswagen jumped following upbeat earnings forecasts, while investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's views on a recent pick-up in inflation.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.4%, crawling closer to a record peak set last year and tracking an overnight rally on Wall Street on optimism about an eventual economic recovery from the pandemic lows.

Zalando jumped 4.4% after it forecast 2021 revenue growth above market expectations following a strong start to the year. Its shares touched a three-week high and lifted the wider retail index.

Volkswagen AG was up 3.8% after the world's second-largest carmaker said it was confident that cost cuts will help it improve profit margins in the coming years.

The German DAX rose 0.5%, while UK's blue-chip FTSE 100 gained 0.6% as a weaker pound boosted the dollar earners on the index. (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)