OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — For the first time in nearly two years, the overall Business Conditions Index for a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains has taken a negative turn.

A report released Tuesday on the survey of supply managers and executives said the index dropped to 49.9 in October, from 52.2 in September.

The survey uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Organizers have said that any survey score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor.

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