United Kingdom service sector growth 'slows'
The Nikkei India Services Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, clocked in at 48.7 in January, above December's reading of 46.8. Echoing a separate report on manufacturing this week, Markit said services companies cited both those factors - as well as salaries and freight charges - for the increasing cost pressures they face.
In the latest sign living costs are rising, Npower said on Friday it was raising prices for more than a million customers, pushing up dual fuel bills rise by an average of 9.8% or £109 a year.
However, business expectations hit their highest point since May 2016, as robust pipelines of work, new product launches and low interest rates helped boost optimism for the year ahead.
Pakistan places JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's name on its Exit Control List
The Lahore high court had ordered his release in June 2009 after the government failed to establish a case against him. New Delhi has demanded Islamabad take measures against all Pakistan suspects involved in acts of terror in India.
That's down from 56.2 previously and lower than the 55.8 the City had expected.
Meanwhile, the final composite PMI increased to 55.8 in January from 54.1 the month before, marking the strongest jump in private sector business activity since November 2015.
The January PMI surveys still point to a buoyant start to 2017 for the United Kingdom economy, IHS Markit economist Chris Williamson said, who predicted that GDP will increase by a robust 0.5% in the first quarter, if current growth is sustained in coming months. The services report and similar surveys out earlier this week on manufacturing and construction still indicated a "buoyant start" to 2017 for the United Kingdom economy, he added.
Marine Le Pen refuses to repay European Union funds
The parliament has said that Griset spent most of her time working at the Front National headquarters in Paris, the BBC reported . It also comes amid a growing scandal surrounding conservative presidential nominee François Fillon and his wife Penelope .
Markit say that the Jan numbers still show positive signs and could put the United Kingdom on course for 0.5% growth in Q1.
The report comes a day after the Bank of England (BoE) raised its growth forecast for 2017, even as governor Mark Carney warned that the country was only starting its Brexit journey and there were risks to the outlook. Input costs at the highest since Mar 2011.
But the Bank's 2017 forecast is now higher than those of most private sector economists.
Flynn takes a page from Colin Powell at NSC
Steve Bannon standing far right as Trump has friendly chat with Vladimir Putin. The debate over Bannon's role in the Trump White House has only started.
Trump quickly condemns Louvre attack, still quiet on Quebec
France has suffered a wave of radical Islamic terror attacks over the past two years that has left more than 200 people dead. The attempted attack in France occurred when a man rushed towards soldiers with a machete, before being shot in the abdomen.
Romanian Government to Scrap Anti-Graft Decree Amid Protests
Earlier, Business Minister Florin Jianu said said he could not support the measure and was standing down for the sake of his son. Iohannis and Romania's top judicial watchdog have filed a constitutional court challenge to the decree.
Uber says it believes in the legality of its shared services
Uber, however, has chose to take the issue head on and not comply to the Friday deadline set by the transport department. Even as the vehicles were impounded, the orders received flak by the media which calls it a regressive move.
Republican Senators Announce That They Will Vote Against Betsy DeVos
If the Senate ties 50-50 in the vote, Vice President Mike Pence could step in to break the tie. Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has advanced towards final confirmation by the U.S.
Fierce Fighting in Ukraine's Avdiivka Leaves 2500 Children With No Heat
Both Kyiv and the Russian-backed rebels accuse the other of launching offensives on Avdiivka in violation of the Minsk truce. A ceasefire specified in the 2015 Minsk agreement held until late December, and the conflict has been escalating since then.
EC President Tusk lists USA administration as one of EU's 'external threats'
Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a hard situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.
US, South Korea to defend against 'evolving' North Korean threat
US President Donald Trump has reiterated the country's ironclad commitment to defend South Korea , the White House said. However, both China and Russian Federation are against the move, saying it will escalate tensions.
Branislav Ivanovic: West Brom eyeing a move for the Chelsea veteran
Chelsea won't let the Bosnia global keeper depart until they find a replacement and they have already had an offer worth £3m rejected for Celtic's Craig Gordon.
NHL All-Star weekend 2017: Schedule of events
Patrik Laine was the closest to challenging him, shooting the puck deceptively fast, hitting 101.7 miles per hour . Maxime Comtois (15), C, Victoriaville: "It's tough because every team has skill and speed".
Oscar-nominated actress Emmanuelle Riva dies at age 89
She lost out to Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence, although Amour did win Best Foreign Language Film. Riva was born in 1927 and made her way to Paris at the young age of 19 despite her family's opposition to it.
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