United States Durable Goods Orders  1992-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 0.6 percent month-over-month in May 2018, following a downwardly revised 1 percent drop in April while markets were expecting a bigger 1 percent decline. Transportation equipment led the decrease. Meanwhile, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending plans, slipped 0.2 percent last month, after jumping by 2.3 percent in April. Durable Goods Orders in the United States averaged 0.33 percent from 1992 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 23.50 percent in July of 2014 and a record low of -19 percent in August of 2014.

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US Durable Goods Orders Drop Less than Expected


New orders for US manufactured durable goods fell 0.6 percent month-over-month in May 2018, following a downwardly revised 1 percent drop in April while markets were expecting a bigger 1 percent decline. Transportation equipment led the decrease. Meanwhile, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, a proxy for business spending plans, slipped 0.2 percent last month, after jumping by 2.3 percent in April.

Demand for transport equipment went down 1 percent (vs -6.1 percent in April), led by motor vehicles and parts (-4.2 percent vs 1.2 percent) and nondefense aircraft and parts (-7 percent vs -30.3 percent). Also, orders fell for fabricated metal products (-1.2 percent vs 3.3 percent); primary metals (-0.4 percent vs 2.4 percent); electrical equipment, appliances, and components (-1.5 percent vs 2.1 percent); and computers and electronic products (-0.1 percent vs 1.9 percent). On the other hand, demand for machinery rose 0.3 percent in May, after a 1.7 percent advance in the previous month.

Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.3 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 1.5 percent.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in May, down following nine consecutive monthly increases, decreased $0.2 billion or 0.1 percent to $246.9 billion. This followed a virtually unchanged April increase. Transportation equipment, down two consecutive months, drove the decrease, $0.5 billion or 0.6 percent to $82.1 billion. 

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in May, up six of the last seven months, increased $5.9 billion or 0.5 percent to $1,160.6 billion. This followed a 0.6 percent April increase. Transportation equipment, also up six of the last seven months, led the increase, $4.0 billion or 0.5 percent to $800.3 billion.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in May, up eighteen of the last nineteen months, increased $1.1 billion or 0.3 percent to $403.0 billion. This followed a 0.3 percent April increase. Transportation equipment, up five of the last six months, led the increase $0.5 billion or 0.4 percent to $129.0 billion.

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in May decreased $1.6 billion or 2.0 percent to $77.1 billion. Shipments increased $2.3 billion or 3.0 percent to $76.4 billion. Unfilled orders increased $0.7 billion or 0.1 percent to $714.5 billion. Inventories increased $0.4 billion or 0.2 percent to $176.6 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in May increased $1.7 billion or 15.1 percent to $13.3 billion. Shipments decreased $0.5 billion or 4.4 percent to $11.5 billion. Unfilled orders increased $1.8 billion or 1.2 percent to $147.0 billion. Inventories increased $0.1 billion or 0.5 percent to $22.4 billion.


US Census Bureau | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
6/27/2018 12:46:51 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-04-26 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM 2.6% 3.5% 1.6% 0.6%
2018-05-25 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM -1.7% 2.7% -1.4% -0.7%
2018-06-27 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM -0.6% -1% -1% 0.7%
2018-07-26 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM -0.6% 1.1% 0.7%
2018-08-24 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM -0.15%
2018-09-27 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM 0.17%


United States Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 60.20 58.70 77.50 29.40 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 55.40 56.40 57.90 50.70 [+]
Services PMI 56.50 56.80 61.00 49.30 Index Points [+]
Non Manufacturing PMI 59.10 58.60 62.00 37.60 [+]
Composite Pmi 56.20 56.60 61.00 50.00 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 3.50 3.60 62.00 -33.70 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom -0.10 0.90 16.60 -10.40 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 1.70 1.90 67.90 -39.40 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 77.90 78.10 89.39 66.71 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders -0.60 -1.00 23.50 -19.00 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Defense -1.50 -1.50 26.00 -19.70 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Transportation -0.30 1.90 7.50 -6.80 percent [+]
Factory Orders Ex Transportation 0.70 0.90 4.60 -7.20 percent [+]
New Orders 498174.00 494448.00 565232.00 223500.00 USD Million [+]
Factory Orders 0.40 -0.40 10.60 -10.00 percent [+]
Business Inventories 0.30 -0.10 1.30 -2.00 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 13.86 15.56 132.20 -206.10 USD Billion [+]
Wholesale Inventories 0.60 0.10 2.10 -2.00 percent [+]
Bankruptcies 23106.00 23157.00 82446.00 19695.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 1920.00 1767.00 1920.00 14.40 USD Billion [+]
NFIB Business Optimism Index 107.20 107.80 107.80 80.10 Index Points [+]
Ism New York Index 55.00 56.40 88.80 23.40 percent [+]
Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 19.90 34.40 58.50 -57.90 Index Points [+]
NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 25.00 20.10 39.00 -35.10 Index Points [+]
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index 20.00 16.00 30.00 -44.00 Index Points [+]
Chicago Fed National Activity Index -0.15 0.42 2.76 -5.16 [+]
Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index 36.50 26.80 47.10 -60.10 Index Points [+]
Chicago Pmi 64.10 62.70 81.00 20.70 Index Points [+]
Car Production 2.70 3.08 9.92 1.29 Million Units [+]
Car Registrations 461.17 522.69 1149.00 331.50 Thousand [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 17.47 16.91 21.77 9.05 Million [+]
Crude Oil Stocks Change -12.63 1.25 14.42 -15.22 BBL/1Million [+]
Natural Gas Stocks Change 51.00 78.00 147.00 -359.00 Billion cf [+]
Gasoline Stocks Change -694.00 -1505.00 11456.00 -8428.00 Thousand Barrels [+]
Leading Economic Index 123.07 122.91 184.16 70.21 Index Points [+]
Internet Speed 18747.58 17235.62 18747.58 3609.31 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 128949703.00 127873899.00 146874246.00 89399946.00 IP [+]
API Crude Oil Stock Change -6.80 -4.50 14.30 -12.40 BBL/1Million [+]
Crude Oil Rigs 863.00 863.00 1609.00 98.00 [+]
Corruption Index 75.00 74.00 78.00 71.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 16.00 18.00 24.00 14.00 [+]
Competitiveness Index 5.85 5.70 5.85 5.42 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 2.00 3.00 7.00 1.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 6.00 8.00 8.00 4.00 [+]
Steel Production 7107.00 6930.00 11951.00 3799.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Mining Production 12.60 11.20 108.20 -28.80 percent [+]


United States Durable Goods Orders

Durable Goods Orders refer to new orders placed with manufacturers for delivery of hard goods which meant to last at least three years. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Durable Goods Orders - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Durable Goods Orders - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2018.

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-0.60 -1.00 23.50 -19.00 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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