U.S. factories cranked out more autos, steel and computers in February, the sixth straight monthly increase in manufacturing output.
The Federal Reserve says factory production rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5% last month from January. That followed another 0.5% gain the previous month.
Mining output rose 2.7% in February, spurred partly by more oil and gas drilling. Utility production plunged 5.7% as unseasonably warm weather reduced the need for heating. Overall industrial production, which includes manufacturing, mining and utilities, was unchanged in February.