U.S. industrial production flat in February, utilities' output falls
Total U.S. industrial production was flat month-on-month (consensus: 0.2%) in the States in February and higher by 0.3% year-on-year, according to the Federal Reserve.
By major market groups, final products output was flat versus January (consumer goods: -0.4%, business equipment: 0.7%) while that of non-industrial supplies gained 0.3% and within that output in construction higher by 1.3%. Output of materials dipped 0.1%.
Looking at major industry groups, manufacturing production increased 0.5% on the month (consensus: 0.3%), mining rose bny 2.7% and that of utilities shrank 5.7%.
Gains in manufacturing were led by increases in the production of nonmetallic mineral products, fabricated metal products and machinery of over 1% in each case. Factory output was 1.2% ahead year-on-year in February.
Industrial capacity use ran at 75.4% in February, down by a tenth of a percentage point on the previous month and up by six tenths in comparison to a year ago. ■
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