On the earnings front, Porsche reported a fall in first-half profit year-on-year, with shares closing down 1.7 percent as a result, despite earlier gains.
Beer giant Heineken reported a 6.8 percent rise in net profit before exceptional items in the first six months of the year, but shares finished down 3.7 percent.
Meanwhile, Legrand rose to the top, closing up just shy of 4 percent following a robust set of results from the French group, which showed sales growth in the first six months beat forecasts.
Anglo American popped 2.2 percent, after RBC raised its outlook from "sector perform" to "outperform". Safran also jumped 2 percent, after Bernstein and Barclays raised their price targets on the stock.
In the red however was Thomas Cook, off 5.5 percent after Berenberg cut its price target on the stock; while fellow London-listed stock IAG finished lower, after Qatar Airways announced it had lifted its stake in the British-Airways owner to 20 percent.
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