By 0814 GMT, the euro zone's STOXX index was up 0.9 percent after falling 3.2 percent during Thursday's rout, which was triggered by fears the U.S. dispute with China could worsen to a full-out trade war.
Traders were focused on incoming U.S. jobs data later in the session and whether it could shed any light on the health of the economy and the pace at which the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.
Shares in German healthcare group Fresenius were the top losers in early trading, down 10.5 percent and set for their worst day since 2002.
Associated British Foods shares fell 2.5 percent after reporting that trading at its Primark fashion chain was challenging in November. (Julien Ponthus, editing by Helen Reid)
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