Midwest factories grinding through slowdown

Two anticipated manufacturing reports seem to have conflicting things to say about October productivity: one shows U.S. factory output increasing and the other shows a slowdown across the Midwest, including Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports.
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Two anticipated manufacturing reports seem to have conflicting things to say about October productivity: one shows U.S. factory output increasing and the other shows a slowdown across the Midwest, including Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports.

The private trade group Institute for Supply Management reported Thursday that U.S. manufacturing expanded for the second month after three months of contraction, the newspaper notes.

But manufacturing in the Midwest fell in October to its lowest level since May 2009, according to another manufacturing report released Thursday, the Mid-America Business Conditions Index by Creighton University.

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