WASHINGTON (AP) -- Industrial production edged down by just 0.1 percent in January, the best showing in six months, a sign that the nation's battered manufacturing sector may be pulling out of a long slump.
The tiny decline reported by the Federal Reserve Friday came after output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities dropped by 0.3 percent in December. The 0.1 percent decrease was slightly smaller than many analysts expected and marked the best performance in industrial production since July, when output rose by 0.1 percent.
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