Activity in the Chicago-area manufacturing sector continued to contract in the month of March, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management - Chicago on Tuesday, with the index of activity in the sector showing an unexpected decrease.

The report showed that the index of activity in the sector fell to 31.4 in March from 34.2 in February, with a reading below 50 indicating a contraction in the sector. Economists had been expecting the index to edge up to a reading of 34.3.

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