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Industrial Production Increases 0.7% in April
May 17, 2007
decreases in the indexes for nonmetallic mineral products, machinery, and furniture and related products.   ; The index for nondurable manufacturing edged down 0.2 percent; declines occurred in the indexes for textile and product mills; food, beverage, and tobacco products; and petroleum and coal products. The decline of 2.8 percent in the production of petroleum and coal products resulted from an unusually high number of refinery shutdowns for seasonal maintenance.   ; The production of non-NAICS manufacturing (logging and publishing) moved up 0.7 percent in April and reversed more than half of the decline seen over the first quarter.   ; The output of natural gas utilities jumped 11.8 percent, and the output of electric utilities rose 2.0 percent. Mining production decreased 0.3 percent in April after having edged up 0.1 percent in March.   ; Capacity utilization for industries in the crude stage of processing moved down 0.5 percentage point, to 88.8 percent, in April. Capacity utilization for industries in the primary and semifinished stages moved up 0.6 percentage point, to 82.1 percent, and capacity utilization for industries at the finished stage increased 0.5 percentage point, to 78.8 percent.