The Chicago Fed National Activity Index for March increased to positive 0.26 from a revised positive 0.16 reading in February, while the three-month moving average, or CFNAI-MA3, slipped to positive 0.20 in March, from February’s revised positive 0.27, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported Thursday.

In March 2010, the index was positive 0.51, while the CFNAI-MA3 was positive 0.05 in that month.

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