New orders for manufactured durable goods increased $5.0 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

May 05, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $5.0 billion or 2.5% to $208.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 0.7% February increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 2.3%.

Transportation equipment, also up three consecutive months, had the largest increase, $3.1 billion or 5.9% to $54.7 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in March, up five consecutive months, increased $3.7 billion or 1.8% to $207.3 billion. This followed a 0.5% February increase.

Transportation equipment, up four consecutive months, had the largest increase, $1.6 billion or 3.3% to $51.1 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in March, up eleven of the last twelve months, increased $6.6 billion or 0.8% to $843.4 billion. This followed a 0.7% February increase.

Transportation equipment, up three consecutive months, had the largest increase, $3.6 billion or 0.8% to $482.0 billion.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in March, up fifteen consecutive months, increased $4.2 billion or 1.3% to $333.9 billion. This followed a 1.3% February increase.

Transportation equipment, also up fifteen consecutive months, had the largest increase, $1.7 billion or 1.9% to $89.8 billion.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in March increased $2.3 billion or 3.2% to $73.3 billion. Shipments increased $1.4 billion or 2.1% to $67.2 billion. Unfilled orders increased $6.1 billion or 1.2% to $513.6 billion. Inventories increased $2.4 billion or 1.7% to $142.8 billion.

Defense new orders for capital goods in March increased $0.6 billion or 7.6% to $9.0 billion. Shipments increased $0.4 billion or 4.8% to $8.9 billion. Unfilled orders increased $0.1 billion or 0.1% to $141.6 billion. Inventories increased $0.7 billion or 3.7% to $18.3 billion.