Euro zone corporate lending growth continues to accelerate

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A man is seen in front of a sheet of five Euro notes at the opening of the new Central Bank of Ireland offices in Dublin, Ireland April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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FRANKFURT, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Lending to euro zone companies accelerated for the fourth straight month in December, reversing a mid-year dip, European Central Bank data showed on Friday.

Lending to euro zone businesses expanded by 4.2% last month, after 2.9% in November but the growth rate remained well below the 7.1% recorded a year earlier. Household lending growth meanwhile slowed to 4.1% from 4.2%, holding broadly steady since June.

The annual growth rate of the M3 measure of money supply, mostly a reflection of the ECB's copious bond purchases, slowed to 6.9% from 7.4%, just ahead of market expectations for 6.8% growth.

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Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Toby Chopra

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