Manufacturing activity in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's region " slowed somewhat, although producers' expectations for future activity remained relatively positive," according to the bank's monthly manufacturing survey, released Thursday.

"Factories reported only minimal overall growth in our region in September, and both production and new orders fell slightly," said Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "But firms anticipate growth to pick up later this year and on into next year."

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