New orders for manufactured goods increased 1.4 percent to $478.5 billion in September, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This followed a 1.2 percent August increase.
Shipments, up nine of the last ten months, increased 0.8 percent to $480.4 billion. This followed a 0.6 percent August increase.
Unfilled orders, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, increased 0.2 percent to $1,135.0 billion. This followed a virtually unchanged August decrease.
Inventories, up ten of the last eleven months, increased 0.7 percent to $660.8 billion. This followed a 0.6 percent August increase. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.38, unchanged from August.
New orders for manufactured durable goods in September, up three of the last four months, increased 2 percent to $238.4 billion, down from the previously published 2.2 percent increase. This followed a 2.1 percent August increase.
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