Singular or plural?
Data points to strengthening growth, jobs
Data points to?
Yes, I know, this is a plural noun.
The Reuters style guide recognizes that, but adds: “treat as if it were singular, e.g. The data was corrupted.”
By contrast, the AP’s style book advises reporters to treat data as a plural noun in most cases: GBU Editor
A panel displays the blue chip Hang Seng index during morning trading at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Bobby Yip