US factory output falls 0.4 percent in April

WASHINGTON — US manufacturers cut back on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars, factories made fewer consumer goods, and most other industries reduced output. The weakness suggests economic growth may be slowing.

The Federal Reserve said that factory output fell 0.4 percent in April, the third decline in four months.


Production of autos and auto parts fell 1.3 percent in April. The drop is probably temporary, because automakers are reporting stronger sales.

Still, the declines were broad-based. Factories produced fewer machines, electrical equipment, clothes, appliances, furniture, and primary metals. Manufacturers made more computers and electronic products, among the few areas that showed gains.

Factories are making fewer goods in part because of a weaker global economy, which has reduced demand for US exports.

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of