The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest slowed in March as the new order rate pulled back, a report showed on Thursday.
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The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago business barometer fell to 52.4 from 56.8 in February, shy of economists' expectations for 56.5.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the regional economy.
The gauge of new orders slipped to 53.0 from 60.2, while the employment component edged down to 55.1 from 55.7.