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Economic Report: Industrial output climbs to six-month high in May as automakers boost pickup truck production

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Line workers work on the chassis of fill-size General Motors pickup trucks at the Flint Assembly plant on June 12, 2019 in Flint, Michigan.

The numbers: Industrial production rose 0.4% in May, a solid and broad-based gain helped by increased production of pickup trucks and cars, the Federal Reserve said Friday. It was the strongest monthly rise in six months.

Capacity utilization edged up two-tenths of a point to 78.1%.

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