London equities rose at the start of trading on Tuesday as investors awaited a batch of regional data and economic testimony from US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 0.16 percent to 6,596.76 points in opening deals, compared with Monday's closing values.

Elsewhere, Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 0.20 percent to 8,251.51 points and the Paris CAC 40 advanced 0.09 percent to stand at 3,881.99 over the same period.