The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 2.5 per cent from 3.25 per cent in early December, and financial markets expect it to follow that with a somewhat smaller cut when it meets Thursday.
IHS Global Insight economist Howard Archer said he expected a reduction of a half percentage point, which would leave the ECB’s rates at 2 per cent. That would be its lowest level since December 2005.
Even though the ECB has reduced interest rates on three occasions since October from a high of 4.25 per cent, its actions have been dwarfed by the more aggressive cuts enacted by the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England.
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