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Durable goods orders fall during March

Apr 25, 2012 - 09:32 AM

New orders for manufactured durable goods in March decreased $8.8 billion, or 4.2 percent, to $202.6 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This decrease followed a 1.9 percent increase in February.

Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.1 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 4.6 percent. Transportation equipment had the largest decrease, $7.1 billion, or 12.5 percent, to $49.7 billion. This was due to nondefense aircraft and parts, which decreased $7.7 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in March increased $2 billion, or 1 percent, to $208.8 billion. This followed a 0.3 percent decrease during February.

Machinery had the largest increase, $2 billion, or 6.5 percent, to $32.9 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 3.1 percent increase during February increase.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased slightly to $930.1 billion. This followed a 1.2 percent increase during February.
Computers and electronic equipment had the largest increase, $700 million, or 0.6 percent, to $125.6 billion.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in March increased $1.7 billion, or 0.4 percent, to $375.1 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis and followed a 0.3 percent February increase.

Transportation equipment had the largest increase, $800 million, or 0.7 percent, to $118 billion. This was also at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in March decreased $8.6 billion, or 10.5 percent, to $73 billion. Shipments increased $1.4 billion, or 2 percent, to $72.8 billion. Unfilled orders increased $200 million to $566.1 billion. Inventories increased $1.7 billion, or 1 percent, to $174.7 billion.

Defense new orders for capital goods in March increased $700 million, or 10.3 percent, to $7.7 billion. Shipments increased $600 million, or 8.5 percent, to $7.4 billion. Unfilled orders increased $200 million, or 0.2 percent, to $147.8 billion. Inventories decreased $400 million, or 2.2 percent, to $19.7 billion.

            

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