The module examines the patterns of growth and location of service industries. A number of current theoretical perspectives explaining the growth in service employment in developed countries will then be examined. Locational patterns and trends of producer and consumer services are compared at the metropolitan and national scales. The module also analyses the role of the service sector in economic development of selected countries, including Singapore. Other topics covered include the internationalisation of service firms, outsourcing of services, privatisation of public services, and the impact of new technology on service sector development.