TABLE-Chicago PMI index 70.6 in March vs 71.2 in Feb

 NEW YORK, March 31 (Reuters) - The Institute for Supply
Management-Chicago said on Thursday its index of Midwest
business activity fell in March to 70.6 from 71.2 in February.
 Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a March figure of
70.0.
(seasonal adj)
                    March   Feb    Jan   Dec    Nov   Oct
NAPM-Chicago           70.6    71.2   68.8  66.8   61.9  60.2
Production             74.2    78.2   73.7  72.2   70.2  67.9
New Orders*            74.5    75.9   75.7  68.7   64.8  61.2
Order Backlog*         69.6    61.8   60.6  60.1   50.5  50.0
Inventories            60.5    60.2   54.5  60.0   51.6  54.7
Employment*            65.6    59.8   64.1  58.4   57.1  55.2
Supplier Deliveries*   62.7    64.1   59.8  63.2   60.1  63.1
Prices Paid            83.4    81.2   81.7  78.0   70.4  67.8
The * indicates components used to calculate index.

TABLE-Chicago PMI index 70.6 in March vs 71.2 in Feb