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New Orders for Durable Goods Decline 3.6% in April

Inventories of manufactured durable goods increased for the sixteenth consecutive month.

New orders for manufactured durable goods in April decreased 3.6 percent to $189.9 billion, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 4.4 percent March increase.

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Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.5 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 3.6 percent. Transportation equipment, also down two of the last three months, had the largest decrease, $4.9 billion or 9.5 percent to $46.7 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in April, down following four consecutive monthly increases, decreased $2.0 billion or 1.0 percent to $194.9 billion. This followed a 3.1 percent March increase. Transportation equipment, also down following four consecutive monthly increases, had the largest decrease, $1.5 billion or 3.0 percent to $46.6 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in April, up twelve of the last thirteen months, increased $1.6 billion or 0.2 percent to $849.5 billion. This followed a 0.7 percent March increase. Machinery, up fifteen consecutive months, had the largest increase, $2.2 billion or 2.2 percent to $103.6 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 2.1 percent March increase.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in April, up sixteen consecutive months, increased $3.2 billion or 0.9 percent to $350.5 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 1.7 percent March increase. Transportation equipment, also up sixteen consecutive months, had the largest increase, $1.0 billion or 1.0 percent to $106.1 billion. This was also at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 2.4 percent March increase.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in April decreased $5.3 billion or 7.3 percent to $67.6 billion. Shipments decreased $1.1 billion or 1.6 percent to $66.0 billion. Unfilled orders increased $1.6 billion or 0.3 percent to $495.5 billion. Inventories increased $2.2 billion or 1.4 percent to $157.8 billion.

Defense new orders for capital goods in April decreased $0.5 billion or 5.8 percent to $8.0 billion. Shipments decreased $0.4 billion or 4.5 percent to $8.1 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $0.1 billion to $147.7 billion. Inventories increased $0.2 billion or 0.8 percent to $20.8 billion.

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