It was another challenging day for scandal-hit carmaker Volkswagen, which closed down 3.7 percent on the day. Shares slipped after Credit Suisse slashed its price target for the stock and rated it "underperform." The bank said the emissions scandal could cost Volkswagen up to 78 billion euros ($87 billion).
Meanwhile, shares of Glencore, which tanked 29 percent on Monday over debt concerns, continued to recover on Friday, closing up 4.4 percent on the day. The mining giant has attempted to reassure investors with debt-cutting plans and reports have emerged that Singapore's sovereign wealth fund is interested in buying a stake in the Glencore's agricultural business.
Oil prices suffered after the U.S. jobs report was released, with Brent down at just over $47 a barrel, and U.S. crude trading at a little over $44 per barrel. However, most European energy companies closed in the green, with strong performers including SBM Offshore, which ended the day more than 3 percent higher.
Credit-checking firm Experian announced Thursday that one of its business units had been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of about 15 million users in the U.S., including some T-Mobile users. London-listed Experian shares closed down around 3.8 percent, while T-Mobile shares traded down 2.1 percent.