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US industrial output falls beyond estimates in March

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 16/04/2015 (11:54)
According to data released by the US Commerce Department, the country’s industrial output fell by a larger than expected amount in March. Industrial production in the US fell 0.6% in March after increasing 0.1% in the previous month. Economists’ initial estimates called for a decrease of 0.3%, according to a survey by Reuters. On a yearly basis, industrial production rose 0.1% in March, the lowest growth since July 2013.

A significant decrease in utilities output was blamed for the country’s weaker industrial output, which dipped 5.9% in March following a 5.7% increase in February. However, US manufacturing output increased 0.1% in March, rising for the first time since November 2014.

In first quarter of this year, industrial output posted an annual decrease of 1%, posting the first decline on a quarterly basis since the second quarter of 2009 due to lower production in oil and gas drilling and servicing.

Meanwhile, the report also showed that the country’s capacity utilization rate declined to 78.4% in March from 79% in the previous month. Economists’ initial estimated called for a decrease to 78.7%. Capacity utilization in the utilities sector was also down to 80% from 85.1% while capacity utilization in the mining sector declined to 84.4% in March from 85.4% in the previous month. Capacity utilization in the manufacturing sector, however, was reported unchanged at 77.1%.
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