FRANCOFORTE, 25 settembre (Reuters) - I prestiti al settore privato della zona euro hanno registrato una contrazione per il 28esimo mesi di fila ad agosto, sebbene a un ritmo più lento, nonostante il potenziamento degli sforzi della Bce per riattivare il flusso del credito e dare nuova linfa alla crescita. E' quanto emerge dai dati diffusi dall'Eurotower. The ECB gave the following percentage changes in growth, seasonally adjusted: AUG JULY Prior M3 annual growth rate 2.0 1.8 (1.8) M3 3-month moving avg 12-mo growth 1.8 1.5 (1.5) Annual total credit growth -1.8 -1.9 (-1.9) Annual credit growth private sector -1.9 -1.9 (-2.0) -- of which loans -1.5 -1.6 (-1.6) -- of which loans (adj. for sales and securitisation) -0.9 -1.0 (-1.0) Breakdown of Loans, pct annual growth rate: Loans to households -0.5 -0.5 (-0.5) -- consumer credit -1.6 -1.6 (-1.7) -- for home purchases 0.0 -0.1 (-0.1) Loans to non-financial corporations -2.2 -2.4 (-2.3) Loans to NFCs adj. for sales and securitisation -2.0 -2.2 (-2.2) Monthly loan flow to firms (bln euros) -1 -14 (-14) For a copy of the report, please click here NOTES: The data are adjusted to exclude holdings of money market fund shares or units by residents outside the euro area and non-resident holdings of money market paper and debt securities with an initial maturity of up to two years. Previously reported data from the prior month are in brackets. The ECB has set a reference rate of 4.5 percent for the three-month moving average of annual money supply growth, above which the bank sees dangers to medium-term price stability.