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Activity in the UK's service sector expanded in July at its fastest rate for four months, an industry survey has suggested.
The Markit/Cips services purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 55.4 in July from 53.9 in June. A figure above 50 indicates growth.
The figure surprised analysts who had expected a slowdown in activity.
However, the survey also indicated that the service sector cut jobs despite the increased activity.
Employment in the sector had increased slightly during the previous two months.
Increases in the cost of goods bought by firms slowed, but costs remained relatively high as a result of energy price increases and supply chain constraints.
Despite this, stiff competition meant that inflation in the cost of goods bought from service companies was at its lowest rate for 10 months.
The strongest increase in activity in services was seen in the Business Services and IT and Computing sectors.