Minnesota: For 15 straight months, Minnesota’s Business Conditions Index has remained above growth neutral. The index advanced to 64.1 from January’s 57.7. Components of the index from the February survey were new orders at 63.3, production or sales at 68.3, delivery lead time at 62.4, inventories at 72.5, and employment at 54.0. “Expansions for durable goods manufacturers, including medical equipment producers, more than offset pullbacks for food processors. As in past months, companies reported expanding output via the use of temporary employment,” said Goss.