Industrial output falls 0.7% after a 3.4% jump in July, but picking up.
The fall is fuelled by a 2.3% monthly decline in Germany, stoking fears about the fragility of the eurozone’s economy.
New data highlights the fragility of the recovery in the world’s No. 3 economy.
Manufacturing gains inhibited from faster growth by drops in production of commercial vehicles and machinery.
Decline raises fears that a recession continued into the final months of 2012.
The US economy is improving faster than economists had expected. They now foresee slightly stronger growth and hiring than they did two months earlier.