A reading above 50 indicates expansion in service sector activity.
New orders in the services sector grew for the third consecutive month and the rate of increase was fastest since February, though it was relatively weak.
Meanwhile, employment levels fell for the fourteenth consecutive month, though at the weakest rate since February.
Input costs inflation quickened for the first time since March and the rate of inflation was the highest in three months. However, output prices inflation eased to its weakest pace since January.
The longer-term outlook in the service sector declined in August and business expectations for the next twelve months reached the joint-second weakest level since
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