In individual stock news, concerns over the health of the Chinese economy placed many sectors exposed to the market under pressure.
Danish jewelry maker Pandora was one of the worst performers with shares ending down almost 6 percent after analyst firm Carnegie downgraded third-quarter U.S. sales estimates for the firm. Other luxury brands including Christian Dior and LVMH both ended lower, due to the importance of the Chinese market for sales.
Other sectors also felt the fallout from China and weaker commodity prices. Oil prices seesawed throughout trade, as the prospect that a supply glut could ease in coming months weighed against the concern surrounding China and demand.
Brent crude slipped, trading at $49.04 a barrel while U.S. crude was at $46.30 at the close. The oil and gas sector was mixed as oil prices fluctuated, with Seadrill, and Tullow Oil outperforming, both closing up at 2.7 and 3.2 percent, respectively.
Mining stocks recovered after Mexican precious metals miner Fresnillo said it was on track to hit its silver and gold production targets for 2015. It also added that it was willing to cut capital expenditure further in response to gold and silver prices. This sent the price of gold higher and helped the basic resources sector. Fresnillo shares finished up 2.2 percent, while Glencore jumped 1.6 percent.