European shares closed higher on Friday after official U.S. jobs data for August fell short of expectations, a factor that could influence when the U.S. Federal Reserve next hikes interest rates.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed 2.1 percent higher on the day and 2.0 percent higher on the week.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls for August came in at 151,000 new jobs, worse than the forecast 180,000. The payrolls report is a key one for the Fed and the weak number may push the central bank to delay the next rate hike beyond this month.
This thought spurred Wall Street on Friday, which in turn boosted European stocks.