US Durable Goods Orders Fall More than Expected

New orders for US manufactured durable goods shrank 2.2 percent in May from April of 2016, following a downwardly revised 3.3 percent rise in the previous period. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 0.5 percent decline, dragged down mainly by transport equipment. Core capital goods orders, a proxy for business spending fell 0.7 percent.
US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com 6/24/2016 1:49:24 PM
Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.3 percent and excluding defense, new orders fell 0.9 percent.

Transportation equipment, also down following two consecutive monthly increases, led the decrease, $4.8 billion or 5.6 percent to $81.9 billion. 

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in May, down three of the last four months, decreased $0.5 billion or 0.2 percent to $231.7 billion. This followed a 0.4 percent April increase. Transportation equipment, also down three of the last four months, led the decrease, $0.4 billion or 0.5 percent to $80.0 billion. 

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in May, up four of the last five months, increased $2.0 billion or 0.2 percent to $1,139.4 billion. This followed a 0.6 percent April increase. Transportation equipment, up three consecutive months,led the increase, $1.9 billion or 0.2 percent to $785.2 billion. 

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in May, down ten of the last eleven months, decreased $1.1 billion or 0.3 percent to $382.5 billion. This followed a 0.4 percent April decrease. Machinery, down nine of the last ten months, led the decrease, $0.5 billion or 0.8 percent to $65.4 billion.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in May decreased $0.6 billion or 0.8 percent to $73.8 billion. Shipments increased $0.8 billion or 1.2 percent to $72.8 billion. Unfilled orders increased $1.1 billion or 0.2 percent to $708.6 billion. Inventories decreased $0.6 billion or 0.3 percent to $171.3 billion.
Defense new orders for capital goods in May decreased $3.7 billion or 28.0 percent to $9.5 billion. Shipments increased $0.2 billion or 2.1 percent to $9.8 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $0.3 billion or 0.2 percent to $140.3 billion. Inventories decreased $0.1 billion or 0.3 percent to $20.8 billion. 

 US Durable Goods Orders Fall More than Expected