August industrial output revised

Japan’s industrial production rose a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent in August from the previous month, revised downward from the preliminarily reported 1.6 percent gain, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said Wednesday.

The index of production at mines and factories came to 98.1 against the 1995 base of 100, up for the second month in a row.

The index of industrial shipments climbed 4 percent to 102.8, revised up from the earlier reported 3.3 percent growth, the ministry said.

The previously reported 0.9 percent fall in the index of industrial inventories stayed unchanged.

The factory operating ratio rose 2.1 percent in August for the second successive monthly gain, thanks to an 11.6 percent surge by transport equipment manufacturers and a 4.1 percent climb by electrical machinery makers.

The index on production capacity was unchanged at 92.9.