The seasonally adjusted Milwaukee Report on Business grew to 54.3 in December from 52.1 in November, the Institute for Supply Management-Milwaukee reported Monday.

New orders received dipped to 56.0 from 56.8, production slipped to 55.5 from 55.6, employment increased to 58.8 from 50.5, supplier deliveries climbed to 58.1 from 52.7, and backlog of orders slumped to 42.9 from 52.6.

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