Domestic industrial output continued to shrug off the turmoil in the world’s financial markets. September Industrial Production overall was essentially flat, with a 0.2% increase over August.

Consumer durables were up overall, with gains in electronic and automotive products more than offsetting declines in furniture, carpeting, and appliances.

The critical automotive sector was up 0.7% as the Japanese manufacturers neared 100% capacity.

In general, September’s numbers suggest Manufacturing will continue to drive the economy. With new truck orders up over the last two months, the trucking industry seems confident this will continue to be the case.