Euro zone rates kept on hold

EUROPE - The European Central Bank (ECB) has kept eurozone interest rates on hold.

Economists said the decision was widely expected although many said the Bank was likely to ease rates again some time in the next month, in the hope of stimulating economic activity.

Ten days ago, the Bank cut rates by a half point, following a similar move by the US Federal Reserve in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks.

Many economists believe the Fed will announce another rate cut - its ninth this

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