Industrial production declined 0.7 percent in April after having risen 0.2 percent in March. Manufacturing output fell 0.8 percent in April.
As was the case in March, factory output in April was held down by a large drop in the index for motor vehicles and parts; strikes and strike-related parts shortages resulted in suspended production at many facilities.
Excluding motor vehicles and parts, manufacturing production fell back 0.4 percent after having increased 0.3 percent in March.
In April, the output of utilities rose 0.3 percent, and the output at mines decreased 0.8 percent. At 111.2 percent of its 2002 average, overall industrial production was 0.2 percent above its year-earlier level.
The rate of capacity utilization for total industry declined 0.7 percentage point, to 79.7 percent, a level 1.3 percentage points below its average for 1972-2007.