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Indicator Stable

7:23 AM MDT | October 2, 2009 | arnold pearlman

The leading indicator for the chemical industry fell 0.2% in September, following a 3.2% surge in August. The decline is attributed to new orders for manufactured products, which fell 1.9% in August, offsetting modest gains in orders for consumer durables and construction materials and supplies. Other components of the leading indicator were positive. Output in the chemical process industries grew 1.5% in August, with the biggest gains in building materials, rubber and plastics, and nonferrous metals. Production fell in refined petroleum products and paper...

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