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United States factories and mines have been operating at lower capacity in January and February, the Federal Reserve Board reported Monday. The capacity utilization rate was measured at 80.7 percent in February. The January figure was revised downward from 81.9 to 81.4. A weak capacity utilization rate theoretically takes pressure off of inflation. It also could be a sign of an economic slowdown or a result of winter weather disruptions. --3{et

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