Industrial production in the United States decreased by 0.3 percent in January compared to a month earlier. This is according to figures from the Federal Reserve.
Economists counted on average on a decrease of 0.2 percent. According to a revised figure, production in the American industry fell by 0.4 percent in December. A decrease of 0.3 percent was previously reported.
The figure was depressed by the shutdown of production of the plagued 737 MAX by aircraft manufacturer Boeing, while the mild winter weather led to lower production in the energy sector. The new corona virus is expected to cause headwinds in US industry in the coming period due to supply chain disruptions and pressure on demand.
Capacity utilization in the industry was 76.8 percent last month, compared to a revised 77.1 percent a month earlier.