WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. factories produced more goods in May, rebounding after supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crises and tornadoes in the South cut their output for the first time in 10 months.
The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows April's decline of 0.5 percent. A rise in business equipment and construction materials offset the second straight decline in auto production. A parts shortage out of Japan has hampered U.S. car manufacturers.
Overall industrial production was basically flat for the second month in a row. It was dragged down by a decline in utility activity caused by milder spring weather.
Industrial production has risen nearly 11.5 percent since a recession-low in June 2009. Production remains 7 percent below its pre-recession peak in September 2007.