Sales from services in the U.S. fell for the first time in two months, according results of a survey of business executives from the Institute for Supply Management.
Respondents' comments remain cautious about business conditions and reflect concern over the length of time for economic recovery, said Anthony Nieves, the head of the Institute's service sector survey committee.
Six of 17 industries reported growth, according to the survey.
ISM's Non-Manufacturing Index was down 1.9 percent in November at48.7, compared with 50.6 in October. Readings under 50 indicate contraction.
Business activity and New Orders indices were also lower.
Industries reporting growth in order (6 of 17):
Health Care & Social Assistance
Construction; Finance & Insurance
Industries reporting contraction in order (11 of 17)
Rental & Leasing
Management of Companies & Support Services
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Accommodation & Food Services
Transportation & Warehousing
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services