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U.S. service-sector companies expanded in January at slightly faster pace, a survey found this. The Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index climbed to 54% last month from 53% in December. That matched the forecast of economists surveyed by MarketWatch. Reading over 50% indicate more companies are expanding instead of shrinking. The employment gauge rose 0.8 points to 56.4%, marking the highest level in more than three years. The ISM's new-orders index rose to 50.9% from 50.4% and production climbed to 56.3% from 54.3%. The most negative part of the report: only 11 industries tracked by ISM reported growth last month while seven recorded a decline.