In other earnings news, Swiss drugmaker Roche on Thursday confirmed its outlook for 2016 and reported sales for the first half of the year ahead of analyst expectations, but shares closed over 1 percent down.
In the luxury space, French fashion house Hermes said second-quarter sales were up 8.1 percent, sending shares to close up 4.6 percent.
Unilever reported better-than-expected second-quarter sales growth of 4.7 percent, however shares closed under pressure, down 1.1 percent.
Advertising giant Publicis jumped over 2.5 percent after it reported a 5 percent year-on-year rise in net profit for the first half of 2016.
On the STOXX 600, Europe's best performer was William Hill, ending up 10.6 percent, after the U.K. Bookmaker announced that its CEO James Henderson was stepping down with immediate effect. Meanwhile healthcare group Galenica slumped 11 percent, after it said it had agreed to buy Relypsa for $1.53 billion.
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