In earnings news, British luxury retailer Burberry reported first-half retail sales, up 2 percent year-on-year, missing forecasts, as the firm said revenue was impacted by an " increasingly challenging environment for luxury, particularly Chinese customers". Burberry shares tanked 8.2 percent, while other luxury brands reversed losses, closing higher.
Volkswagen saw shares slip in late trade, after it said it would recall around 8.5 million diesel-engine cars in the European Union. This after Germany requested servicing of the vehicles following a scandal over rigged emissions tests. Shares finished down 3.6 percent provisionally.
Unilever, the owner of the Dove shampoo brand, said third-quarter turnover rose 9.4 percent year-on-year to 13.4 billion euros ($15.4 billion) thanks to strong sales of ice creams and strength in Latin America. This sent shares to close up 3.6 percent provisionally.
Sales at Swiss agricultural chemicals firm Syngenta fell 12 percent year-on-year in the third quarter to $2.6 billion, however the company's stock finished trade on a higher, up 1.7 percent.