Autos was Europe's top-performing sector Friday, closing up 1.24 percent, boosted by British multinational automotive firm GKN, which soared more than 26 percent after it rejected an acquisition proposal. German automakers Volkswagen and Porsche also posted solid gains.
Retail stocks closed up 1 percent as a sector, with Portuguese firm Jeronimo Martins leading the pack, along with B&M European Value and Ocado. The stock jumped 4.4 percent after announcing its latest sales figures, which were pushed higher by its Polish subsidiary.
Sticking with the sector, Carrefour closed up 1.74 percent after investors welcomed the retailer's acquisition of a stake in Showroomprive.com, an online fashion retailer. According to Reuters, analysts said Friday that they wanted Carrefour to do more digital deals in the future.