Minnesota: For 12 straight months, Minnesota’s Business Conditions Index has moved above growth neutral. The index from a monthly survey of supply managers in the state advanced to a solid 55.7 from 55.2 in October. Components of the index from the November survey were new orders at 64.9, production or sales at 55.6, delivery lead time at 56.8, inventories at 47.7, and employment at 53.7. “Stronger growth among durable goods manufacturers offset somewhat weaker conditions for nondurable goods producers, including food processors. Construction activity continues to expand although it remains well below pre-recession levels,” said Goss.