The Markit/ADACI Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to 52.4 from 52.3 in December, its eighth straight month above the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction.
Activity in the U.S. services sector hit a 14-month high in January, according to data released on Friday.
Faster consumer-price growth is being fueled in part by the weaker pound and higher energy costs.
The current reading still point to a buoyant start to 2017 for the economy and is indicative of GDP rising by a robust 0.5 percent in the first quarter if current growth is sustained in coming months.
" Firms were, however, able to pass on at least some of these cost pressures by hiking average prices charged", Investec's Philip O'Sullivan said.
New business and employment in the sector, which accounts for over three-quarters of activity in the UK's economy, increased at a slower rate than expected in January.
Facebook users nearing two billion
The company said about 1.86 billion people were using its service monthly as of December 31, up 17 percent from a year earlier. $8.809 billion in total revenue during the quarter, a 50.8% increase from $5.841 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
Lava 'firehose' causing cracks to Hawaii's main island
This crack means the cliff is extremely unstable and could be about to break apart and fall into the sea, reports 9News.com. The lava stream is perched high on a cliff and causes explosions as the molten rock flows into the ocean.
Apple might stop supporting 32-bit apps in iOS 11
Apple is preparing to end support for 32-bit iOS apps, according to an error message discovered in the new iOS 10.3 beta. There are still a large number of 32-bit apps in the App Store that have not been updated for a long time.
The index of economic growth showed output reaching a 10-month high in Ireland, which led the Eurozone at a reading of 59.3, nearly four points above the average reading for the Eurozone as a whole.
But, optimism in the sector is solid, with "business expectations" their highest since May 2016, as strong pipelines of work, new product launches and low interest rates continue.
Markit's analysis shows the reading translating to a rise in GDP of 0.4 per cent over the quarter.
"The degree to which costs are rising threatens to test the tolerance of some policymakers in terms of their willingness to "look through" what's likely to be a marked upturn in inflation in 2017", IHS Markit economist Chris Williamson said.
The rate of input cost inflation across the three sectors accelerated sharply in January to its joint-highest since before the global financial crisis, hitting a record high in manufacturing, a post-crisis high in construction and a six-year peak in services.
At the end of the day, Infosys closed down 2.01%, TCS shares fell by 4.47%, Tech Mahindra fell by 4.23%, and Wipro Ltd by 1.62%. The H-1B visa bill removes the "per country" cap for employment-based immigrant visas.
The state's law was challenged by NGOs who said in the Supreme Court that only the centre has the power to amend the law. The court also allowed the Centre to withdraw its January 7, 2016, notification permitting Jallikattu.
May this New Year be as colourful and interesting as the decorations that you put up in your home to welcome the festive season. However, during Chinese New Year prices can surge up from 3,000 yuan ($436) to 10,000 yuan ($1,454) per day.
In the pic, Gaga looks peaceful as she sits on a patio surrounded by trees and gazes thoughtfully in the distance. However, Lady Gaga stopped short of confirming whether she would open the show on the roof.
As of Monday, Dela Rosa said , instead of the war on drugs, the PNP will now focus on war on scalawag policemen. He also said a year ago he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts as part of his crime war.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says the shooting does not mean the province has failed in its attempt to be an open society. But the watchdog reports that most of her time was spent working in the National Front's headquarters in Paris.
The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of 9.75 Swedish krona (1.10 dollars) per share for the 2015/2016 financial year. Its total sales went up by 6% a year ago , reaching SEK 223 billion (EUR 23.6 billion).
While the NFL Skills Showdown is over, fans still can put their skills to the test at the NFL Pro Bowl Experience. To do so, it added a skills competition on Thursday night, appropriately called the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice made the same recommendation during her meeting with vice president-elect Mike Pence. Tillerson, however, was deemed highly qualified for the position by the Republicans as they rejected the Democrat's concerns .
Vaughn Correctional Center in the town of Smyrna, about 40 miles (64 km) south of Wilmington, was locked down between 10:30 a.m. Citing the officers association, CNN-affiliate KYW said four guards and one counselor were taken hostage by inmates.
United Kingdom parliament approves Brexit bill
On Wednesday, MPs voted by a margin of 498 to 114 in the first Brexit-related vote in parliament's lower House of Commons. The vote followed two days of debate and bitter clashes in Parliament as almost 100 MPs expressed their views.
Honda, GM announce U.S. fuel cell venture
The plant, which employs about 120, now makes the lithium-ion battery for GM products like the Chevrolet Volt and Malibu hybrid. The Clarity Fuel Cell offers an EPA-estimated range of 366 miles and fuel economy rating that is the equivalent of 68 mpg.
Manchester United knock out Hull City on Aggregate
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