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U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in December

US manufacturing sector growth slowed slightly in December after six straight monthly gains, the Institute for Supply Management said on Thursday. The ISM purchasing managers index for December fell to 57.0 from 57.3 the previous month. It was still the second highest reading of the year; in January 2013 the…

Growth in U.S. service sector jobs slows

Growth in the huge US services sector slowed in March, amid uncertainty about the direction of the economy, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday. The ISM non-manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 54.4, down from 56 in February, indicating a slightly slower rate of growth in the sector that…