Survey: Growth at US services firms strengthened in April

WASHINGTON – A private survey says growth accelerated in April at U.S. services companies, a potential positive for the economy after a sluggish start to 2016.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index climbed to 55.7 in April, the highest level this year. The increase follows a reading of 54.5 in March. Any level above 50 signals growth.

New orders and employment measures all advanced last month, showing a stronger pace of expansion. The rate of business...

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