The UK service sector registered little change in business activity during November as incoming new work fell slightly for the first time in nearly two years. A tough economic climate was commonly reported to have undermined efforts to secure new business. UK Stock! This also weighed on service sector confidence, with sentiment falling in November to the lowest of 2012 so far. After accounting for seasonal factors, the Business Activity Index recorded 50.2, compared to 50.6 in October.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Private sector employment increased by 118,000 jobs from October to November, according to the November ADP National Employment Report®, which is produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), a leading provider of human capital management solutions, in collaboration with Moody’s Jobs! Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The October 2012 report, which reported job gains of 158,000, was revised down by 1,000 to 157,000 jobs.
The Institute for Supply Management’s index of U.S. non-manufacturing businesses, which covers about 90 percent of the economy, rose to 54.7 in November from the prior month’s 54.2, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. ISM! Readings above 50 signal expansion, and estimates ranged from 51 to 54.7. The ISM services survey covers industries ranging from utilities and retailing to housing, health care and finance.