USA News Live Updates: US service industry grows more slowly in December – Times of India

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Growth in the US service industry, where most Americans work, pulled back in December after expanding at a record pace the previous two months. The Institute for Supply Management reported Thursday that its monthly survey of service industries declined to a reading of 62 last month, from an all-time high of 69.1 in November. Any reading above 50 indicates growth. Stay here for news updates from across the US that you cannot miss:Read Less
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