New orders for manufactured durable goods in December decreased $10.3 billion or 4.3 percent to $229.3 billion. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 2.6 percent November increase.
Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 1.6 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 3.7 percent.
Transportation equipment, also down two of the last three months, led the decrease, $7.7 billion or 9.5 percent to $73.1 billion. This was led by nondefense aircraft and parts, which decreased $3.8 billion.