Stocks in Asia ended lower, with shares of Korea-based Samsung in focus, after CEO Jay Lee was arrested on corruption charges. The electronics stock lost 0.4%, contributing to a roughly 0.1% dip in South Korea's Kospi. Elsewhere, Japan's Nikkei shed 0.6%, dragged down by a stronger yen, as well as a more than 9% loss in Toshiba shares -- though Sharp added nearly 3%, following upwardly revised guidance. Rounding things out, China's Shanghai Composite dropped 0.9%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gave back 0.3%.
European markets are mixed, as traders keep an eye on the G-20 summit in Bonn, Germany, while digesting a series of earnings and economic reports. On the plus side, London's FTSE 100 is up 0.3%, boosted by huge gains in Unilever stock, after Kraft's proposed merger -- though it was declined. However, U.K. retail sales suffered a surprise drop last month, their third consecutive monthly decline. Meanwhile, France's CAC 40 is down 0.9%, and the German DAX is off 0.3%, despite post-earnings strength in shares of insurer Allianz, which raised its dividend and announced a buyback plan.
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