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Orders For US-Manufactured Durable Goods Rise 1.7% In February

‘I think it’s fair to say that many of my colleagues and I note a much more optimistic frame of mind among many, many businesses in recent months.’ – Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve

Orders for US-manufactured long-lasting goods rose more than expected last month, official figures revealed on Friday. The US Department of Commerce reported that orders for durable goods advanced 1.7% in February, following the preceding month’s upwardly revised gain of 2.3% and surpassing analysts’ expectations for a 1.1% increase. Excluding transportation equipment, orders for US-manufactured durable goods climbed 0.4%, compared to the previous month’s reading of 0.0%. In the meantime, market analysts anticipated a bigger gain of 0.5% during the reported period. However, the following rise marked the sixth straight monthly increase in orders for core durable goods. Analysts suggest that businesses will improve even more if US lawmakers succeed in lowering corporate taxes and reducing regulations. Non-defence capital goods orders excluding aircraft dropped 0.1%, following January’s revised climb of 0.1% and falling behind expectations for a 0.5% increase. Shipments of non-defence capital goods excluding aircraft, used in calculating GDP, advanced 1.0% last month. Data also showed that orders for civilian aircraft rose 47.6%, compared to a 83.3% surge in the prior month. Boeing reported it received 43 orders for aircraft in February, up from the previous month’s 26.

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