WASHINGTON -- Two reports issued yesterday on the manufacturing and construction industries signaled that the U.S. economy is continuing to move forward at a slow pace, analysts said.

The index of the National Association of Purchasing Management for October climbed back to 50.6% from 49.0% in September as manufacturers reported a pickup in new orders.

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