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Therefore, the latest reading hinted at a moderate growth of overall construction output at the end of 2017.

A healthy rise in residential building contrasted with a decline in work on commercial projects and stagnating civil engineering output.

The Indian manufacturing sector ended the year on a strong note, with operating conditions in December improving at the strongest rate in five years driven by significant increase in new orders. The 50-point mark separates expansion from contraction.

Markit's December services sector PMI rose to 54.2 from November's 53.8.

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Meanwhile, input price pressures intensified with the rate of cost inflation accelerating for the second consecutive month. The upturn in outstanding business accelerated and was the quickest since October 2015. The balance of companies expecting a rise in output levels remained among the weakest recorded since mid-2013, which survey respondents mainly linked to worries about the wider United Kingdom economic outlook.

Inflation decelerated at the slowest pace in nearly three years due to lower interest rates and employment costs, a competitive framework in which 'service providers may have to resort to heavy discounts to stimulate demand, ' said the Markit economist, Pollyanna De Lima. The balance of firms anticipating a rise in output levels continued to be among the weakest recorded since mid-2013, which survey respondents mainly attributed to concerns about the wider United Kingdom economic outlook. "As a result, the balance of United Kingdom construction companies expecting growth in the year ahead remains among the weakest recorded by the survey since mid-2013".

The dominant British services sector expanded faster than expected in December, delivering some more positive news about the United Kingdom economy after the manufacturing and construction sectors disappointed earlier in the week.

In terms of job creation both sectors - manufacturing and services - outstripped historical averages signalling a continued revival of the labour market.

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