US industrial production rose 0.4 percent in August after having been unchanged in July, official figures showed Monday.
The Federal Reserve showed in a report that following a decrease in July of 0.4 percent, which was steeper than previously reported, manufacturing production rose 0.7 percent in August.
It added that output of mines moved up 0.3 percent, its fifth consecutive monthly increase, and the production of utilities fell 1.5 percent, its fifth consecutive monthly decrease.
At 99.4 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in August was 2.7 percent above its year-earlier level, according to the report.
Capacity utilization for the industrial sector increased 0.2 percentage point in August to 77.8 percent, a rate 0.6 percentage point above its level of a year earlier and 2.4 percentage points below its long-run (1972-2012) average.