Elsewhere, the fall out from the Brexit vote continued, with three U.K. real estate funds halting trade this week. Standard Life, Aviva and M&G Investments have suspended dealing in these funds. has both investors and fund managers worried about the consequences on the broader sector.
Shares in Standard Life closed 5.2 percent lower on Tuesday and Aviva ended almost 4 percent down.
U.K. housebuilder Persimmon posted a 12 percent rise in revenue in the first half of fiscal 2016, but said it was too early to judge the effect Brexit could have on Britain's real estate market. Despite the positive results, Persimmon shares slipped more than 7 percent, along with other housebuilders such as Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey.
In the telecoms space, CK Hutchison Holdings and Vimpelcom are in talks with Iliad to create a fourth Italian telecoms network operator, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. Iliad shares closed almost 3 percent down.