(Reuters) - European shares pared losses on Thursday, after stronger-than-expected U.S. labor data pointed to a robust recovery in the world's biggest economy.

At 1320 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 index of top European shares was down 0.4 percent at 1,017.37 points, having been as low as 1,011.28 earlier.

U.S. private employers added 325,000 jobs in December, easily beating economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed.