Euro preparations are "catching up":Duisenberg

Belgium - Wim Duisenberg, the European Central Bank president, speaking at the European Union's Committee of the Regions yesterday said that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were "rapidly catching up" in time for Euro-day when notes and coins come into day-to-day use.

Those businesses ready to use the Euro now almost doubled from 23% to 43% in a EOS Gallup survey released today comparing results with July and August. Mr Duisenberg said he derived "some comfort" from this, and that a