US Durable Goods Orders Fall The Most In Over 2 Years


New orders for US manufactured durable goods decreased by 4.6 percent month-over-month in November 2016, following a 4.8 percent gain in October and slightly better than market expectations of a 4.7 percent fall. It was the first decline in five months and the sharpest drop since August 2014, mainly dragged by transport equipment orders.

Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.5 percent and excluding defense, new orders went down 6.6 percent. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending, increased by 0.9 percent.

Transportation equipment, also down following four consecutive monthly increases, drove the decrease, $11.7 billion or 13.2 percent to $76.6 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in November, up two of the last three months, increased $0.2 billion or 0.1 percent to $234.2 billion. This followed a 0.1 percent October decrease. Primary metals, also up two of the last three months, drove the increase, $0.3 billion or 1.7 percent to $18.0 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in November, down five of the last six months, decreased $2.3 billion or 0.2 percent to $1,126.7 billion. This followed a 0.8 percent October increase. Transportation equipment, also down five of the last six months, drove the decrease, $3.6 billion or 0.5 percent to $769.8 billion.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in November, up four of the last five months, increased $0.6 billion or 0.1 percent to $384.0 billion. This followed a virtually unchanged October decrease. Transportation equipment, also up four of the last five months, led the increase, $0.3 billion or 0.2 percent to $124.1 billion.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in November decreased $15.6 billion or 19.5 percent to $64.4 billion. Shipments decreased $0.9 billion or 1.2 percent to $70.3 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $5.9 billion or 0.8 percent to $697.1 billion. Inventories increased $0.5 billion or 0.3 percent to $170.1 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in November increased $3.2 billion or 29.1 percent to $14.3 billion. Shipments increased $0.3 billion or 2.9 percent to $11.0 billion. Unfilled orders increased $3.3 billion or 2.4 percent to $142.2 billion. Inventories decreased $0.2 billion or 1.1 percent to $20.9 billion.

US Durable Goods Orders Fall The Most In Over 2 Years


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
12/22/2016 1:45:28 PM