U.S. July industrial output edges up

WASHINGTON - U.S. industrial production edged up 0.2 percent in July, boosted by the best gain in manufacturing output in 10 months, a Federal Reserve report on Friday showed.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Fri 15 Aug 2008, 9:09 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:53 AM

July's production increase beat forecasts from economists polled by Reuters who had expected output at the nation's mines, factories and utilities to be flat. It followed a revised 0.4 percent increase in June output that previously was reported as a 0.5 percent gain.

Manufacturing output climbed by 0.4 percent in July after a 0.1 percent gain in June. That was the strongest advance in manufacturing output since a matching 0.4 percent increase last September.

July motor vehicles and parts production rose 3.6 percent after a 4.8 percent increase in June.

Utility output declined by 1.9 percent in July after rising 2.3 percent in June. Mining output was up 0.9 percent in each of June and July, helped by strong activity in oil and gas extraction industries.

Business ran at 79.9 percent of maximum operating capacity in July, slightly ahead of the 79.8 percent rate they operated at in June.

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