Western Europe – markets retreat into red territory as Wall Street offers no clue to market direction. Ahold shines as new CEO is named and company sells some operations. Unilever losing over 6% as results for Q1 disappoint. Financials as ABN Amro and Swiss Re retreat, Suez giving up some of its gains. Gainers are relatively sparse, HSBC up over 1% and Prudential gains 1.35%.