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Industrial Production Increases More Than Forecast

Monday, 16 June 2014 09:49 AM

Industrial production climbed more than forecast in May, a sign gains in manufacturing are supporting growth as the U.S. economy picks up.

Output at factories, mines and utilities rose 0.6 percent after a revised 0.3 percent drop in April that was smaller than previously estimated, a report from the Federal Reserve showed in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.5 percent increase. Manufacturing, which makes up 75 percent of total production, also increased 0.6 percent.

Demand for industrial goods is improving as consumer and business spending strengthen and the economy rebounds from its worst performance in three years. Bigger gains in corporate investment and stronger growth in overseas markets will be needed to provide an additional lift for U.S. producers.

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“Manufacturing activity is humming along at a fairly constructive pace,” said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC, who accurately forecast the production gain. “That’s something we expect will continue over the balance of the year.”

Estimates of the 79 economists surveyed by Bloomberg ranged from a production drop of 0.1 percent to a 0.8 percent gain. The prior month was previously reported as a 0.6 percent decline.

Empire State

Another report showed manufacturing unexpectedly picked up this month as orders jumped. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s factory index rose to 19.3 for June, the highest in four years, from 19 the prior month. Readings greater than zero signal growth for the so-called Empire State Index that covers New York, northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut.

Economists in the Bloomberg survey projected the Fed’s May industrial production report would show manufacturing, which accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S. economy, would rise 0.6 percent.

The report is consistent with data from the Institute for Supply Management that showed manufacturing expanded last month at the fastest pace this year as American assembly-line workers responded to increased orders by cranking up production.

Utility output decreased 0.8 percent after falling 4.5 percent in April, the Fed report showed. Mining production, which includes oil drilling, climbed 1.3 percent last month.

Business Equipment

Business-equipment production increased 0.8 percent after a 0.1 percent gain in April. Output of construction materials rose 0.8 percent after falling 0.6 percent.

Consumer goods production advanced 0.1 percent, led by automobiles and appliances and furniture. Output of machinery increased 1.1 percent after dropping 0.5 percent in April.

The output of motor vehicles and parts rose 1.5 percent last month. Auto assemblies climbed to an 11.6 million annualized rate in May, the most this year.

Excluding autos and parts, manufacturing production rose 0.5 percent.

Gains at General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. helped propel a rise in the industry’s monthly annualized sales rate last month. Adjusted for seasonal trends, the sales pace rose to 16.7 million, the highest since February 2007, according to Ward’s Automotive Group.

Ford sees total industry sales for the year of up to 17 million units, including medium and heavy trucks, senior U.S. economist Emily Kolinski Morris said on a June 3 call to discuss May sales.

‘Positive Momentum’

“Recent readings on housing have improved slightly and the labor market continued its gradual recovery,” she said. “These incoming indicators coupled with the supportive policy backdrop should provide positive momentum for the economy in the current quarter and into the second half.”

The Fed report also showed capacity utilization, which measures the amount of factories. Mines and utilities that are in use, increased to 79.1 percent in May from 78.9 percent the month before. For manufacturing alone, it rose to 77 percent, the highest since March 2008.

The economy may grow at a 3.5 percent annual clip in the second quarter after contracting at a 1 percent pace in the first three months of the year, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. Gains in business and consumer spending will be needed to lift growth and spur employment after the world’s biggest economy was weighed down by harsh winter weather.

The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the U.S. economy this year to 2 percent from an April estimate of 2.8 percent and said the Fed may have scope to keep interest rates at zero for longer than investors expect.

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