Net Foreign Purchases are up by $13.3 billion in August to $28.6 billion, with purchases of long-term U.S. securities of $32.9 billion ($21.3 billion were net purchases by private foreign investors; $11.6 billion were net purchases by foreign official institutions) and  U.S. residents purchased a net $4.3 billion of long-term foreign securities.

Industrial Production increased by 0.7% in September to an index value of 98.5 (2002=100), better than the expected increase of 0.1% following a 1.2% increase in August, revised upwards from an originally reported 0.8% increase.  For the 3rd quarter, output advanced by 5.2%, the first quarterly gain since the first quarter of 2008 and the largest gain since the first quarter of 2005.  Over the year, the industrial production index is down by 6.1%.  Capacity Utilization was reported at 70.5%, an increase from the 69.9% level in August.  In September 2008, Capacity Utilization was measured at 74.5%. 

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