European shares leap as ECB keeps up monetary support programme
* ECB to re-examine monetary support measures in December
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 2.1 pct, ESTOXX 50 up 2.5 pct
* Publicis slumps after growth target cut
By Sudip Kar-Gupta
LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - European stocks rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank decided to stick with its monetary support programme and reassess in December whether further measures might be needed.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index ended up 2.1 percent, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index climbed 2.5 percent.
The ECB kept interest rates unchanged at a record low. It also left the key parameters of its quantitative easing (QE) scheme unchanged but said it would re-examine the policy at its meeting in December.
ECB chief Mario Draghi said falling inflation expectations, driven in part by lower-than-expected demand for oil, had led it to consider a wide variety of possible measures, including a deposit rate cut, to shore up inflation. Continuación...