In fact, in March the unemployment hit record high for 23rd consecutive month. In addition, retail sales fell 2.4 percent yoy, the lowest level since December of 2012 and 0.1 percent mom. To make things even worst, the business sector remains feeble. In February, industrial output fell for the 14th consecutive month and business confidence has failed to rebound, maintaining the negative outlook over the short term. As such, and in conjunction with below-target inflation rates, the ECB voted to cut its key interest rate by 25bps to 0.5%, the lowest rate on record, in an effort to kick-start the economy. Moreover, the extension of the ECB's liquidity conditions should help to reduce borrowing costs for most indebted countries and depreciate further the currency which would have a positive effect on exports.