April U.S. Manufactured Goods Orders See 4th Rise in 5 Months - Modern Distribution Management

Log In

April U.S. Manufactured Goods Orders See 4th Rise in 5 Months

The U.S. Census Bureau shows new orders for manufactured goods, inventories and unfilled orders have increased, while shipments remain down.
Inspection in Plant Workshop

New orders for manufactured goods in April increased 0.4% to $577.5 billion, according to a monthly report by the U.S. Census Bureau

The $2.6 billion increase in new orders follows a 0.6% increase in March. New orders have been up in four of the last five months. 

Inventory levels were also up 0.5% following two consecutive monthly decreases. Inventories were $856.7 billion — a $4.2 billion increase in April. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.50, up from 1.48 in March.

Meanwhile, shipments — down five of the last six months — decreased $2.5 billion or 0.4% percent to $572.3 billion. 

Unfilled orders have been up four of the last five months. In April, unfilled orders increased $10.4 billion or 0.8% to $1,291.3 billion. This followed a 0.4% March increase. 

The unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio was 6.71, up from 6.60 in March.

Transportation equipment had the largest impact on new orders, inventory, shipment and unfilled order numbers. In April, the category drove the new order increase with a 3.7% jump to $97.7 billion; led the decrease in shipments with a 1.8% fall to $87.4 billion; led the increase in unfilled orders with a 1.3% rise to $792.4 billion; and led the inventories increase with a 3.2% increase to $164.1 billion. 

The report from the Census Bureau coincided with the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) — a well-regarded barometer of the U.S. industrial economy. In April, the PMI rose to 47.1%, but in May fell back into the decline trend. Read more on ISM’s monthly PMI.

Related Posts

Share this article

About the Author
Recommended Reading
Leave a Reply

Leave a Comment

Sign Up for the MDM Update Newsletter

The MDM update newsletter is your best source for news and trends in the wholesale distribution industry.

Get the MDM Update Newsletter

Wholesale distribution news and trends delivered right to your inbox.

Sign-up for our free newsletter and get:

  • Up-to-date news in a quick-to-read format
  • Free access to webcasts, podcasts and live events
  • Exclusive whitepapers, research and reports
  • And more!


articles left

Want more Premium content from MDM?

Subscribe today and get:

  • New issues twice each month
  • Unlimited access to mdm.com, including 10+ years of archived data
  • Current trends analysis, market data and economic updates
  • Discounts on select store products and events

Subscribe to continue reading

MDM Premium Subscribers get:

  • Unlimited access to MDM.com
  • 1 year digital subscription, with new issues twice a month
  • Trends analysis, market data and quarterly economic updates
  • Deals on select store products and events



You have one free article remaining

Subscribe to MDM Premium to get unlimited access. Your subscription includes:

  • Two new issues a month
  • Access to 10+ years of archived data on mdm.com
  • Quarterly economic updates, trends analysis and market data
  • Store and event discounts

To continue reading, you must be an MDM Premium subscriber.

Join other distribution executives who use MDM Premium to optimize their business. Our insights and analysis help you enter the right new markets, turbocharge your sales and marketing efforts, identify business partners that help you scale, and stay ahead of your competitors.

Register for full access

By providing your email, you agree to receive announcements from us and our partners for our newsletter, events, surveys, and partner resources per MDM Terms & Conditions. You can withdraw consent at any time.

Learn More about Custom Reports

Request a Market Prospector Demo

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.