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Kansas and Missouri dodge manufacturing lull

Updated: 2013-11-02T00:54:15Z

By MARK DAVIS

The Kansas City Star

A measure of manufacturing growth in the Midwest stalled in October, partly because of the partial federal government shutdown, though Kansas and Missouri continued to see expansion.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index from Creighton University weighs surveys of companies’ purchasing managers. The index fell to 50 last month, from 54.8 in September.

A reading of 50 essentially means manufacturing activity did not grow or contract. The September reading higher than 50 showed expansion.

Growth continued nationally, according to the Institute for Supply Management, whose manufacturing index increased to 56.4 last month from 56.2 in September.

October’s shift away from growth in the Midwest reflected the partial shutdown of the federal government and a pullback in agriculture, said Ernie Goss, the university’s economics professor who works with the survey.

Goss said makers of agricultural equipment saw cuts in business growth and a dramatic decline in new export orders.

In Missouri, the index declined but continued to show growth at 54.3 compared with 55.6 in September. Kansas similarly saw a slowdown in growth at 56.3 compared with 58.5 in September.

To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com.

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