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U.S. manufacturing growth slows in October, disrupted by government shutdown: Markit

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in a year this month and factory output contracted for the first time since late 2009, an industry report showed on Thursday.

Financial data firm Markit said its "flash," or preliminary, U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell to 51.1, the lowest since October 2012, from 52.8 in September.

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