by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
On the heels of miserable retail sales numbers comes the worst ever industrial production numbers.
The Fed’s Industrial Production report provides another grim look at the Covid-19 wrecked economy.
Total industrial production fell 11.2 percent in April for its largest monthly drop in the 101-year history of the index, as the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic led many factories to slow or suspend operations throughout the month.
Manufacturing output dropped 13.7 percent, its largest decline on record, as all major industries posted decreases. The output of motor vehicles and parts fell more than 70 percent; production elsewhere in manufacturing dropped 10.3 percent.