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Friday, August 15, 2014

July 2014 Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization and Capacity

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Industrial production increased 0.4 percent in July for its sixth consecutive monthly gain. Manufacturing output advanced 1.0 percent in July, its largest increase since February. The production of motor vehicles and parts jumped 10.1 percent, while output in the rest of the manufacturing sector rose 0.4 percent. The output of utilities dropped 3.4 percent, as weather that was milder than usual for July reduced demand for air conditioning. At 104.4 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in July was 5.0 percent above its year-earlier level.
Wood Products and Paper output both rose by 0.3 percent. 
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Capacity utilization for total industry edged up 0.1 percentage point to 79.2 percent in July, a rate 1.7 percentage points above its level of a year earlier and 0.9 percentage point below its long-run (1972-2013) average. Wood Products capacity utilization decreased by 0.2 percent, but Paper rose by 0.5 percent. 
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Capacity at the all-industries and manufacturing levels moved higher by, respectively, 0.3 and 0.2 percent. Wood Products extended its year-long trend when increasing by 0.4 percent. Paper, on the other hand, contracted by 0.2 percent to another new low.
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