WASHINGTON -- U.S. industrial production surged again in November while consumer prices remained muted, according to government reports issued yesterday.

The latest figures reinforced the notion that the economy is continuing to move ahead at a rapid clip without much evidence of a pickup in inflation. "It's more of the same, more noninflationary growth, and the question is how long can we have noninflationary growth?" said David Berson, chief economist for the Federal National Mortgage Association.

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