FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The European Central Bank is confronting a weak recovery and worryingly low inflation as its top officials hold their monthly interest-rate meeting.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) The European Central Bank is confronting a weak recovery and worryingly low inflation as its top officials hold their monthly interest-rate meeting.

The monetary authority for the 18 countries that use the euro has already cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low 0.25 percent. Analysts say it probably won't take further action to stimulate the economy on Thursday.

The ECB faces worries over weak inflation of only 0.8 percent. That's a sign of weak growth and also makes it harder for financially troubled eurozone countries such as Greece to reduce their heavy debt loads.

Analysts say the ECB could eventually launch a third round of cheap loans to commercial banks to make sure they have money to lend to companies and help them expand their business.