WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. factory output increased more than anticipated in July, improved by a rise in automobile production, though activity stayed below its pre-COVID-19 pandemic peak.The Federal Reserve stated on Friday that manufacturing production increased 3.4% last month after advancing 7.4% in June. The third straight month-to-month gain left factory output about 8% below its level in February. Economic experts polled by Reuters had forecast making output would increase 3.0% in July.While businesses have actually resumed, brand-new coronavirus cases continue to spread out across the nation, keeping a cover as needed. Manufacturing, which accounts for 11% of the U.S. economy, was struggling even prior to the pandemic hit the country, a casualty of the Trump administrations trade war with China.Lower crude prices as international economies give in the coronavirus stress have also undercut spending by oil producers on drilling and shaft expedition devices. Business costs on devices has declined for five straight quarters, the longest such stretch since 2016. Motor automobiles and parts production increased 28.3% in July after accelerating 118.3% in June. There were also increases in equipment, computer and electronic products, and electrical equipment, home appliances and components.The increase in producing output, together with a 3.3% boost in utilities and a 0.8% gain in mining, raised commercial production 3.0% in July. That followed a 5.7% increase in June.Capacity utilization for the production sector, a step of how completely firms are utilizing their resources, increased 2.3 percentage indicate 69.2% in July. Total capacity usage for the commercial sector rose 2.1 percentage points to 70.6%. It is 9.2 portion points listed below its 1972-2019 average.Officials at the Fed tend to look at capacity usage procedures for signals of how much “slack” remains in the economy– how far development has space to run before it becomes inflationary.( Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Paul Simao).