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U.K. Services Growth Quickens to Fastest in Six Years: Economy

U.K. services growth unexpectedly accelerated last month as companies reported a surge in demand, helping Britain sustain its pace of recovery.

A gauge of services activity increased to 60.5 from 60.2 in July, the highest since December 2006, Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said in a statement today in London. An index of services, manufacturing and construction rose to 60.7 from 59.5, the highest for the all-sector index since it started in 1998.