New orders for manufactured durable goods decreased $7.1 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Jun 20, 2011

New orders for manufactured durable goods in April decreased $7.1 billion or 3.6 percent to $189.9 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 4.4 percent March increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.5 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 3.6 percent.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in April, down following four consecutive monthly increases, decreased $2.0 billion or 1.0% to $194.9 billion. This followed a 3.1% March increase.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in April, up twelve of the last thirteen months, increased $1.6 billion or 0.2% to $849.5 billion. This followed a 0.7% March increase.

Machinery, up fifteen consecutive months, had the largest increase, $2.2 billion or 2.2% 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% March increase.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in April, up sixteen consecutive months, increased $3.2 billion or 0.9% 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% March increase.

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