On Wall Street, stocks were relatively mixed around Europe's close as traders digested nonfarm payrolls data and global trade tensions. A sharp lift in wage growth in August kept market players on edge about the prospect of tighter monetary policy from the U.S. Federal Reserve. Last month, the U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs, beating market forecasts.
Overall, market sentiment worldwide remained jittery over ongoing concerns over a trade war between the United States and China. In addition, President Donald Trump told a Wall Street Journal columnist Thursday that he will take his trade fights to Japan next.
Worries remain that Washington could impose further tariffs on Beijing targeting an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, after a window for public comments ended Thursday. Tech firms Dell, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard Enterprise warned the U.S. administration that day they would need protection from the impact of further levies, concerned a trade war will increase their costs. No tariffs on China were announced by Europe's market close on Friday however.
And investors are still fearful of a further deepening of the sell-off in emerging markets amid uncertainty surrounding Argentina and Turkey's economies.
On the data front, euro zone growth has come in higher by 0.4 percent in the second-quarter of the year in comparison with the first three months of 2018. On an annualized basis, growth stood at 1.5 percent, which was slightly below the 1.6 percent registered in the first-quarter of the year.