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Export orders drive factory gains

U.S. industrial activity expands at best pace in 2½ years

Posted: November 2, 2013 at 3:14 a.m.

Employees at Sheffield Platers Inc. work on the factory floor in San Diego in October. U.S. factory activity expanded in October despite a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.

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Business, Pages 31 on 11/02/2013

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