In Germany, the DAX Index shed 48.97 points, or 1.40%, to 3,438.89, though German PMI rose to 48.1 from 45.6 and retail sales rose 1.9% in June. In France, the CAC 40 stumbled 40.64 points, or 1.27%, to 3,169.63.
In Asia, major stock indexes ended higher following Thursday's triple play of solid economic data in the U.S. Japan's Nikkei index finished up by 48.46 points, or 0.51%, to 9,611.67, with help from shares in steel companies. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 113.77 points, or 1.12%, to 10,248.60.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 39.34 points, or 0.54%, to 7,218.58.