Report on durable goods manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Nov 24, 2010

New orders for manufactured durable goods in September increased $6.3 billion or 3.3% to $199.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. Up two of the last three months, this increase followed a 1.0% August decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.8%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 2.9%. Transportation equipment, also up two of the last three months, had the largest increase, $7.4 billion or 15.7% to $54.8 billion. This was due to nondefense aircraft and parts, which increased $6.6 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in September, down two consecutive months, decreased $0.9 billion or 0.4% to $197.4 billion. This followed a 1.4% August decrease. Computers and electronic products, down four of the last five months, had the largest decrease, $0.8 billion or 2.3% to $33.4 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in September, up six consecutive months, increased $7.9 billion or 1.0% to $813.2 billion. This followed a
0.1% August increase. Transportation equipment, up following four consecutive monthly decreases, had the largest increase, $5.8 billion or 1.2% to $480.0 billion.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in September, up nine consecutive months, increased $1.7 billion or 0.5% to $314.7 billion. This followed a 0.6% August increase. Transportation equipment, also up nine consecutive months, had the largest increase, $1.2 billion or 1.5% to $82.7 billion.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in September increased $5.7 billion or 8.6% to $71.9 billion. Shipments decreased $0.5 billion or 0.7% to $64.7 billion. Unfilled orders increased $7.2 billion or 1.5% to $496.0 billion. Inventories increased $1.8 billion or 1.3% to $133.0 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in September increased $0.8 billion or 8.0% to $10.1 billion. Shipments increased $0.5 billion or 5.7% to $9.7 billion. Unfilled orders increased $0.4 billion or 0.3% to $140.3 billion. Inventories decreased $0.1 billion or 0.5% to $17.5 billion.