MILAN, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Non-performing loans at Italian lenders rose by 22 percent in June from a year earlier, Bank of Italy data showed on Thursday.
The pace of growth was slightly lower than a 22.4 percent increase recorded in May - which was the highest since records began in 1998.
Bank lending continued to contract, with loans to non-financial businesses falling by 4.1 percent. Private sector deposits were up 6.0 percent.
Reporting by Silvia Aloisi, editing by Stephen Jewkes