March 2017 UK Markit/CIPS services PMI 55.0 vs 53.5 exp

Details from the March 2017 UK Markit/CIPS services PMI report 5 April 2017
Markit say the PMI’s suggest Q1 GDP of 0.4% q/q.
"Taking March in isolation, the service sector defied the slowdown experienced by construction and manufacturing firms. A stronger end to the first quarter from the biggest contributor to UK GDP will provide some relief to the UK economy as a whole, shaken and stirred by continuing highs and lows since the Brexit vote.
Said Duncan Brook at CIPS