October 31, 2012 / 2:06 PM / 5 years ago

Midwest business barometer shows contraction in October

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Business activity in the Midwest contracted for a second month in October, a report showed on Wednesday, although the forward-looking measure for new orders rose.

The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago business barometer rose slightly to 49.9, from 49.7 in September. Economists had forecast a reading of 51.

A reading below 50 indicates contraction in the regional economy.

The forward-looking new orders index rose to 50.6 from 47.4. while the gauge of employment sank to 50.3, from 52.0. (Reporting by Ann Saphir; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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