Shares in mining giant Anglo American slumped to their lowest ever level after another bout of disappointing Chinese data prompted Asian stocks to plunge, in scenes reminiscent of the rout in August.
Germany's Lufthansa and services trade union Verdi reached an agreement Saturday on a salary hike for the airline's 33,000 ground employees.
Early indications signalled a mixed start to the Black Friday weekend of bargain hunting in the US, as consumers turned to their smartphones and tablets to drive a sharp increase in online sales.
Shoppers stroll along the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Black Friday, traditionally considered the start of the holiday shopping season.
Friday 18:00 GMT. European stocks pared early losses and Wall Street inched higher in holiday-thinned trade as participants managed to largely shrug aside steep falls for Chinese equities.