Additionally, gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,794.55/oz, while EUR/USD traded 0.1% higher at 1.0191.
The lacklustre mood came as the central bank said on Thursday that Britain was heading into deepening economic misery, with a recession this winter that will last over a year.
European stock markets are expected to open marginally higher Friday, boosted by generally positive quarterly corporate earnings, but the upcoming U.S. payrolls data is likely to prompt a degree of caution. At 02:00 AM ET (0600 GMT), the DAX futures contract in Germany traded 0.2% higher, CAC 40 futures in France climbed 0.1%, and the FTSE 100 futures contract in the U.K. rose 0.1%. European equities have registered gains this week as largely positive corporate earnings have largely overshadowed fears that the region is heading for an economic slowdown later this year.