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Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Aug. 4 grew 3.2% year over year to 15.9 million tons from 15.4 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Aug. 4, production was 759.8 million tons, representing a year-over-year slump of 4.1%, while year-to-date coal output fell 2.7% year over year to about 443.9 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 9.0 million tons, decreasing less than 1% from the prior year period.

Data for the Western region covers Powder River Basin mines. Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 4.1 million tons, up 12% from the year-ago week's 3.6 million tons.

The interior region's production increased 3.6% to 2.8 million tons, compared to 2.7 million tons a year ago. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

The EIA's production data is derived from rail carload estimates.