WASHINGTON - U.S. industrial production fell in June after four consecutive monthly increases, the Federal Reserve Board said yesterday in a report that stirred fresh doubts about the durability of the recovery.

Output of factories, mines, and utilities dropped 0.3%, a reversal from revised increases of 0.5% recorded in April and May. The strong pace of industrial expansion earlier in the year had raised hopes among Federal Reserve officials and private economists that the economy was on a steady mend.

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