Growth in US services firms picked up speed last month

first_imgIn this Thursday, March 27, 2014 John Pittenger makes a pepperoni pizza at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio. The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April 2015 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms’ growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index rose to 57.8 in April from 56.5 in March. The April reading is its highest level in five months. Any reading over 50 indicates that service providers are expanding. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   last_img read more