By Kansas City Business Journal

Retailers and auto dealers continued to buoy the regional economy in late August and September, helped by more activity at durable goods factories and high-tech services growth, a new report finds.

The report indicated overall slight economic improvement in the seven-state Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City district, or 10th District.

Retailers and auto dealers are optimistic about the coming months, and restaurants and hotels are less hopeful about the coming holiday season.

Transportation activity didnâ¿¿t budge.

On the real estate front, residential and commercial activity remained weak, along with construction.

Banks brought in more deposits, but loan demand and activity slid.

However, the energy sector grew, boosting production for oil, natural gas and coal. Input prices are going up, which survey respondents said probably would boost prices in the coming months.

Wage pressures, already low, fell further.

The Federal Reserve's 10th District includes Colorado, Kansas, Western Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

See the full Beige Book report for the Kansas City district.

The report is based on information collected on or before Oct. 7 from businesses and other contacts.

Click here for details about the prior Beige Book report.

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