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Durable Goods New Orders Up 0.7% in October

New orders for manufactured durable goods in October decreased $1.4 billion or 0.7 percent to $197.7 billion, according to an advance report from the U.S. Census Bureau. This decrease, down two consecutive months, followed a 1.5 percent September decrease.

Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.7 percent. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.2 percent. Transportation equipment, also down two consecutive months, had the largest decrease, $2.4 billion or 4.8 percent to $47.2 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in October, up five of the last six months, increased $2.6 billion or 1.3 percent to $203.0 billion. This followed a 0.5 percent September decrease. Transportation equipment, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, had the largest increase, $2.4 billion or 5.2 percent to $48.4 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in October, up eighteen of the last nineteen months, increased $1.9 billion or 0.2 percent to $886.0 billion. This followed a 0.6 percent September increase. Machinery, up twenty one consecutive months, had the largest increase, $1.8 billion or 1.5 percent to $117.7 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 0.3 percent September increase.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in October, up twenty two consecutive months, increased $1.8 billion or 0.5 percent to $367.2 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis and followed a slight September increase. Transportation equipment, also up twenty two consecutive months, had the largest increase, $0.8 billion or 0.7 percent to $113.6 billion.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in October decreased $3.5 billion or 4.6 percent to $71.6 billion. Shipments increased $0.1 billion or 0.2 percent to $70.9 billion. Unfilled orders increased $0.7 billion or 0.1 percent to $521.9 billion. Inventories increased $1.3 billion or 0.8 percent to $168.6 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in October decreased $1.7 billion or 19.8 percent to $6.7 billion. Shipments decreased $0.5 billion or 7.2 percent to $7.0 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $0.3 billion or 0.2 percent to $152.3 billion. Inventories increased $0.2 billion or 1.0 percent to $20.2 billion.

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