A $3.7bn acquisition by consumer products giant Unilever led European markets higher in early Monday trade, the FTSE adding 0.2%.
The cash deal for US-based Alberto Culver helped Unilever gain more than 2.6% to £18.40 and saw London's leading index ease 0.18% higher to 5,608.
Elsewhere, the French Cac and German Dax also advanced, by 0.31% and 0.26% respectively.
In London, miner Kazakhmys climbed 1.76% to £14.46 while there were also early gains for Weir Group and Prudential.
Engineering firm Smiths Group lost almost 2% to £12 ahead of its full-year figures on Wednesday and amid mounting speculation it may be broken up in an effort to drive shareholder value.
AstraZeneca lost 1% to £32.99, while there were smaller losses for Pearson and Standard Life.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 added 1.39% to 9,603.14 as it continued to trade off the good feeling generated following better-than-expected US economic data on Friday.
Wall Street closed Friday's session up 1.86%, or almost 200 points, to 10,860.26, after orders for capital equipment rose 4.1% in August having fallen by 5.3% the previous month.
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