The region’s manufacturing sector continued to expand in March, as the general business conditions index jumped to 43.4 from 35.9 in February, this month’s Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Report on Business indicates.

Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters predicted a reading of 30.0.

The prices paid index was 63.8, compared to 67.2 last month, new orders index surged to 40.3 from 23.7

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