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Durable Goods Orders Decreased Slightly Less than Expected in April

Manufacture of rails for trains and freight wagon, boxcars. Rail manufacturing plant. Stack of steel round bar - iron metal rail lines material for industry construction in warehouse. (Photo: AdobeStock)

Revisions for Durable Goods Orders in March Show Gains Softer than Initially Reported

Manufacture of rails for trains and freight wagon, boxcars. Rail manufacturing plant. Stack of steel round bar - iron metal rail lines material for industry construction in warehouse. (Photo: AdobeStock)
Manufacture of rails for trains and freight wagon, boxcars. Rail manufacturing plant. Stack of steel round bar – iron metal rail lines material for industry construction in warehouse. (Photo: AdobeStock)

New durable goods orders in the U.S. decreased $5.4 billion or 2.1% to $248.4 billion, slightly less than the consensus forecast in April.

PriorPrior RevisedConsensus ForecastForecast RangeActual
New Durable Good Orders – M/M ∆2.7%1.7%-2.2%-10.0% — -0.8%-2.1%
Ex-transportation – M/M ∆0.4%-0.5%-0.1%-0.7% — 0.3%0.0%
Core capital goods – M/M ∆1.3%0.3%0.1%-1.0% — 0.8%-0.9%

New orders, which are down two of the last three months, increased by 1.7% in March. Excluding transportation, new orders were essentially unchanged. Excluding defense, new orders fell 2.5%.

“Basically, orders for non-defense capital goods, excluding aircraft, decreased 0.9% in April, while the previously reported increase for March was revised to +0.3% from +1.3%,” Tim Anderson, analyst at TJM Investments, said at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

“Clearly, business spending slowed in April after a smaller increase in March than was initially reported.”

Transportation equipment, which are also down two of the last three months, drove the decline, falling $5.4 billion or 5.9% to $85.4 billion.

Revisions

Revised seasonally adjusted March figures for all manufacturing industries, based on updated seasonal adjustment models, were: new orders, $503.5 billion (revised from $506.2 billion); shipments, $507.1 billion (revised from $508.5 billion); unfilled orders, $1,179.8 billion (revised from $1,181.1 billion) and total inventories, $691.3 billion (revised from $690.7 billion).

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