Bloomberg Law
Oct. 18, 2022, 1:39 PM

Factory Production in US Increases for a Third Straight Month

Reade Pickert
Reade Pickert
Bloomberg News

US factory production rose for a third month in September, suggesting firm growth in manufacturing that’s underpinned by solid business investment and demand for consumer goods.

The 0.4% increase in output matched the upwardly revised August advance, Federal Reserve data showed Tuesday. Including mining and utilities, total industrial production also rose 0.4% in September.

While domestic demand for merchandise has generally softened amid both shifting consumer preferences and relentless inflation, the report showed healthy demand for appliances, motor vehicles and clothing. Business investment has also proved resilient and helped to bolster factory activity.

Looking ahead, there are growing concerns ...