Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization Better Than Consensus
July industrial production came in slightly better than consensus expectatins of 0.5%, printing at 0.9% for the biggest rise of 2011 to date. This followed an upward revised June of 0.4%, up from 0.2%. Manufacturing output rose 0.6 percent in July, as the index for motor vehicles and parts jumped 5.2 percent, the biggest driver for the spike, and production elsewhere moved up 0.3 percent. Some other details from the report: "The output of mines advanced 1.1 percent, and the output of utilities increased 2.8 percent, as the extreme heat during the month boosted air conditioning usage. At 94.2 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production for July was 3.7 percentage points above its year-earlier level." As for capacity utilization, the total industry rate climbed to 77.5 percent, a rate 2.2 percentage points above the rate from a year earlier but 2.9 percentage points below its long-run (1972--2010) average."
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