Economic Report: Fire at parts supplier for Ford trucks drags down U.S. industrial production in May

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American manufacturers are pumping out the goods as the economy begins its 10th year of expansion. Industrial production fell in May largely because of a fire that disrupted truck assembly lines, but it’s up strongly over the past year.

The numbers: Industrial production fell in May for the first time in four months, but the drop-off was largely the result of a major fire at an auto-parts supplier for Ford F, -0.29% trucks instead any weakness in the U.S. economy.

Industrial production in the U.S. edged down by 0.1% last month, the Federal Reserve said Friday. Economists polled by MarketWatch has forecast a 0.1% increase.

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