Consumer Companies Higher After Services Data -- Consumer Roundup

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Shares of retailers and other consumer-services companies rose amid generally strong economic data.

The Institute for Supply Management said its index of nonmanufacturing activity -- tracking industries including health care, finance, agriculture and construction -- rose to 59.8 in September from 55.3 in August. Firms across the country added a lower-than-forecast 135,000 workers to their ranks in September, according to payroll processor Automatic Data Processing and forecasting firm Moody's Analytics.

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Retail sales declined in the eurozone for the second straight month in August, signaling a warning to the European Central Bank as it weighs a reduction in its stimulus measures.

PepsiCo shares were flat after the food and beverage company's shift in emphasis to healthier drinks contributed to it losing market share in sodas.

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October 04, 2017 17:38 ET (21:38 GMT)