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Severe weather masks US economic recovery

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The Federal Reserve believes weather negatively impacted factories' production in January. (Source: CNN) The Federal Reserve believes weather negatively impacted factories' production in January. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – The U.S. economy may be the next victim of severe winter weather.

In the Federal Reserve's most recent report, factories' output and production decreased in January. The Fed says severe weather in certain U.S. regions is partly to blame.

But some economists believe the recent change was caused by underlying issues and not the weather. Still, cold weather had some positive impacts.

Utility consumption rose as Americans demand for heating increased.

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