I will hazard much of this is due to US corporations pulling manufacturing out of China.
Manufacturing output increased 1.2% last month after edging up 0.1% in January, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast factory production accelerating 0.6%. Output jumped 7.4% compared to February 2021.
Manufacturing, which accounts for 11.9% of the economy, has benefited from a shift in spending to goods from services during the COVID-19 pandemic.