U.S. service industries cooled in April as hiring gauge fell

THE INSTITUTE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT'S non-manufacturing index fell to 56.8 in April,down from 58.8. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
THE INSTITUTE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT'S non-manufacturing index fell to 56.8 in April, a four-month low. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRIS RATCLIFFE
NEW YORK - Growth in United States service industries cooled in April to a four-month low and hiring eased, adding to signs the economy is off to a softer start this quarter, an Institute for Supply Management survey showed Thursday. Highlights of ISM non-manufacturing (April) Non-manufacturing index fell to 56.8 (est. 58), third consecutive drop,…
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