The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended trade just over 1 percent below the flat line. Several sectors including banks and basic resources finished the week nearly 2 percent lower.
Negative trade came as the euro dropped sharply against the dollar, following reports that the European Central Bank (ECB) is concerned over the impact of a weak Turkish lira on European lenders.
TheFinancial Times said that France’s BNP Paribas, Italy’s UniCredit and Spain’s BBVA could be particularly impacted by the ongoing depreciation of the lira. Most banking stocks ended the session in the red.
On the earnings front, Novozymes’ stock underperformed throughout the day, closing 3.3 percent to the downside. The biotech firm’s second-quarter results missed expectations.
Meanwhile, budget carrier Ryanair is facing flight cancellations across Europe as pilots strike in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. Shares ended trade 4.2 percent lower.
Elsewhere, Sports Direct has bought all the U.K. stores, stock and brand of House of Fraser. The deal cost $115 million. Shares of Sports Direct fell slightly on the news.