After having declined 0.3 percent in July, the output of consumer goods rose 0.5 percent in August; production in the durable and nondurable goods
sectors posted comparable gains.
The production of consumer goods remained flat, as declines of 0.4 percent in the output of durable consumer goods and of non-energy nondurable goods
were offset by an increase of 3.3 percent in the output of energy goods, most notably sales of residential electricity and gas.
Growth was slowed by a fall in the production of motor vehicles and parts and by smaller declines in a number of nondurable goods
The output of consumer nondurable goods
, which dropped 0.6 percent in April, advanced 0.4 percent in May, reflecting the surge in utility output for residential use; among other consumer nondurables, production was flat overall and has changed little since last summer.
The output of durable and nondurable goods
materials was little changed, whereas the surge in electricity generation pushed the growth in energy materials to 1.7 percent.
The production index for materials decreased 0.3 percent, with declines in the output of durable and nondurable goods
materials and energy materials.
Materials for both durable and nondurable goods
edged up in October, after having declined, on balance, in August and September; energy materials fell, as the output from coal mines and utilities decreased.