Stocks on the Continent finished higher going into the weekend, tracking fresh gains on Wall Street, where some of the main stockmarket gauges had notched-up fresh all-time highs just the day before.
London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 47% at 20,647. 05 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Miners racked up strong gains on Friday, with cigarette companies sparking higher too.
Credit Suisse downgraded Burberry to 'neutral' from 'outperform' on Friday and cut it target price to 2,100p from 2,200p as the luxury retailer is "lacking near-term catalysts" and signs the momentum in luxury goods demand may fade.
London's top-flight index jumped on Friday as sterling slid on jitters about a no-deal Brexit, while a strong performance from the mining sector also provided a boost.
China has demanded that the US remove sanctions placed on a defence agency and its director for purchasing Russian weapons.
Friday trading on Wall Street kicked-off with some small gains following a record session the day before in which both the Dow and the S&P rose to fresh highs on the back of a strong showing from the technology sector.
Tesla has lost another executive as the vice president of global supply management Liam O’Connor resigned on Friday, Bloomberg reported.
RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage of Paragon Banking Group at 'sector perform' with a 500p price target on Friday, noting that buy-to-let growth is still strong and Paragon is the only lender with an expanding margin.
Oil and gas exploration and production group Regal Petroleum saw its shares rise on Friday as its first-half profits shot up on the back of a jump in revenue.
Analysts at Liberum believe fears surrounding BBA Aviation's US business jet flying activity are overdone, noting that recent soft data points were "within the normal range" of monthly fluctuation.
Scapa's healthcare president Joseph Davin disposed of 83,358 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed firm on Friday.
Georgia Healthcare elevated non-executive director William Huyett to the role of chairman on Friday.
Uber is in early-stage talk to buy Deliveroo to boost its food delivery services, news that sent Just Eat shares sagging to a one-year low.
Biotechnology company OKYO Pharma announced the appointment of Raj Patil as its senior director of research and development on Friday.
Water saving technologies developer Xeros Technology Group has signed a 10-year contract with Le Farc, to convert its re-tanning operations in León, Mexico to use Xeros' patented polymer technology, it announced on Friday.
Thalassa Holdings announced on Friday that, on Thursday, it purchased 50,000 of its shares at a price of 94p each.
London's FTSE 100 was up 1. 6% to 7,484. 12 in afternoon trade on Friday as the pound took a tumble after PM Theresa May said Brexit talks with the EU have hit an "impasse".
Central Bank of Russia surprised financial markets on Friday, hiking its main interest rate in response to the recent overshoot of its inflation target on the back of weakness in the rouble and food price inflation.
Cybersecurity software group Osirium Technologies has inked a contract with an unnamed major British retailer.