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U.S. private sector activity growth slows slightly in December: Markit

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private sector economic activity growth slowed slightly in December, with the services sector reading also edging lower, an industry report showed on Monday.

Financial data firm Markit said its composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) - a weighted average of its manufacturing and services indexes - measured 56.1 in December, down just slightly from the 56.2 posted last month, as well as the "flash" or preliminary December reading of the same amount.

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