ECB interest rates unchanged

GERMANY - As widely expected the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged with officials largely focused this week on the launch of euro notes and coins.

The ECB's the minimum bid rate, stands at 3.25%.The euro, which has showed strong gains this week on a relatively smooth cash changeover to date, showed little reaction to the news, trading at $0.9038 just after the rate announcement, compared with $0.9036 before the news. A majority of analysts are expecting a rate cut at the nex