Industrial output up for first time in 6 mos.
December 23, 2002,
The nation's industrial output rose by a slender 0.1 percent in November, the Federal Reserve reported, the first advance in six months. It was the first overall improvement in Industrial Production since a 0.7 percent improvement in July.
At the same time, the Fed revised its October output numbers to a 0.6 percent decline, somewhat smaller than the 0.8 percent drop originally reported.
Driving the overall gain in industrial output, the Fed reported, was a big 3.9 percent jump in auto production.
Excluding the automotive sector, the picture remained muted and mixed. Output of business equipment, a measure of a company's willingness to spend for new and updated equipment, fell for a third straight month. On the upswing, however, output of high-tech equipment, like computers, semiconductors and communications gear, rose for a second consecutive month, increasing by 0.6 percent.