The Empire State Manufacturing Survey showed “conditions for New York manufacturers continued to improve at a steady pace in March,” as the general business conditions index slipped to 22.86 from 24.91 in February, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported yesterday.

Economists had expected the index would be 21.45.

The new orders index rose to 25.43 from 8.78, the shipments index grew to 25.58 from 15.14, and unfilled orders increased to 4.94 from 2.78, the Fed said.

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