New durable goods order increases by 1.7% in February to slightly beat the median forecast by 0.2%, while shipments surged 1% after losing 0.3% in January. However, the weakest link in the report is core capital goods (non-defense ex-aircraft), where orders fell 0.1% in February juxtaposed to expectations for a 0.5% gain.
It follows January’s revised 0.1% gain.
Core capital goods shipments are used to calculate equipment spending in the government’s gross domestic product measurement. Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) reported on its website that it had received orders for 43 aircraft last month, up from 26 in January.
Civilian aircraft orders soared 47.6% in February.