New orders for US manufactured durable goods unexpectedly rose 0.8 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, following an upwardly revised 4.6 percent rise in August and beating market expectations of a 1 percent drop. Transportation equipment drove the increase as orders for motor vehicles and parts went up 1.3 percent and orders for defense capital jumped 119.1 percent. Durable Goods Orders in the United States averaged 0.35 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 Unexpectedly Increase


New orders for US manufactured durable goods unexpectedly rose 0.8 percent month-over-month in September of 2018, following an upwardly revised 4.6 percent rise in August and beating market expectations of a 1 percent drop. Transportation equipment drove the increase as orders for motor vehicles and parts went up 1.3 percent and orders for defense capital jumped 119.1 percent. Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, seen as a proxy for business spending plans, edged down 0.1 percent after a 0.2 percent drop in August.

Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 0.6 percent. Transportation equipment, also up three of the last four months, led the increase, $1.8 billion or 1.9 percent to $97.4 billion.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in September, up four of the last five months, increased $3.3 billion or 1.3 percent to $256.8 billion. This followed a 0.9 percent August increase. Transportation equipment, up three of the last four months, led the increase, $2.9 billion or 3.3 percent to $89.4 billion.

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in September, up ten of the last eleven months, increased $9.4 billion or 0.8 percent to $1,186.1 billion.  This followed a 0.9 percent August increase. Transportation equipment, up seven of the last eight months, led the increase, $7.9 billion or 1.0 percent to $818.7 billion.

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in September, up twenty of the last twenty-one months, increased $2.8 billion or 0.7 percent to $410.7 billion.  This followed a 0.2 percent August decrease. Transportation equipment, up two of the last three months, led the increase, $1.2 billion or 0.9 percent to $130.5 billion. 

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in September decreased $1.9 billion or 2.4 percent to $79.1 billion. Shipments increased $2.1 billion or 2.7 percent to $79.5 billion.  Unfilled orders decreased $0.4 billion or 0.1 percent to $717.9 billion.  Inventories increased $1.7 billion or 0.9 percent to $179.5 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in September decreased $2.4 billion or 14.3 percent to $14.2 billion. Shipments increased $0.1 billion or 0.7 percent to $11.7 billion.  Unfilled orders increased $2.4 billion or 1.6 percent to $154.4 billion.  Inventories increased $0.2 billion or 0.8 percent to $22.8 billion.


US Census Bureau | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/25/2018 12:44:09 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-08-24 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM -1.7% 0.7% -0.5% -0.2%
2018-09-27 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM 4.5% -1.2% 2% 1.2%
2018-10-25 12:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM 0.8% 4.6% -1% -1.8%
2018-11-21 01:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM 0.8% -2.5% -1.2%
2018-12-21 01:30 PM Durable Goods Orders MoM 0.8%


United States Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 57.70 59.80 77.50 29.40 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 55.70 55.60 57.90 50.70 [+]
Services PMI 54.80 53.50 61.00 49.30 Index Points [+]
Non Manufacturing PMI 60.30 61.60 62.00 37.60 [+]
Composite Pmi 54.90 53.90 61.00 50.00 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 4.10 5.60 62.00 -33.70 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 0.10 0.20 16.60 -10.40 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 2.70 3.80 67.90 -39.40 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 78.40 78.50 89.39 66.71 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders 0.80 4.60 23.50 -19.00 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Defense -0.60 2.50 26.00 -19.70 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Transportation 0.10 0.30 7.50 -6.80 percent [+]
Factory Orders Ex Transportation 0.40 0.40 4.60 -7.20 percent [+]
New Orders 515334.00 510466.00 565232.00 223500.00 USD Million [+]
Factory Orders 0.70 2.60 10.60 -10.00 percent [+]
Business Inventories 0.30 0.50 1.30 -2.00 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 76.33 -36.81 166.37 -245.13 USD Billion [+]
Wholesale Inventories 0.40 0.90 2.10 -2.00 percent [+]
Bankruptcies 22103.00 22245.00 82446.00 19695.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 2007.53 1965.29 2007.53 14.70 USD Billion [+]
NFIB Business Optimism Index 107.40 107.90 108.80 80.10 Index Points [+]
Ism New York Index 69.80 72.50 88.80 23.40 percent [+]
Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 12.90 22.20 58.50 -57.90 Index Points [+]
NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 23.30 21.10 39.00 -35.10 Index Points [+]
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index 15.00 29.00 29.00 -44.00 Index Points [+]
Chicago Fed National Activity Index 0.17 0.27 2.77 -5.22 [+]
Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index 29.40 28.10 47.10 -60.10 Index Points [+]
Chicago Pmi 58.40 60.40 81.00 20.70 Index Points [+]
Car Production 2.64 2.78 9.92 1.29 Million Units [+]
Car Registrations 443.14 445.58 1149.00 331.50 Thousand [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 17.57 17.44 21.77 9.05 Million [+]
Crude Oil Stocks Change 10.27 5.78 14.42 -15.22 BBL/1Million [+]
Natural Gas Stocks Change 39.00 65.00 147.00 -359.00 Billion cf [+]
Gasoline Stocks Change -1411.00 1852.00 11456.00 -8428.00 Thousand Barrels [+]
Leading Economic Index 124.26 123.89 124.26 46.91 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 8.79 7.83 14.30 -12.40 BBL/1Million [+]
Crude Oil Rigs 888.00 886.00 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 85.64 84.84 85.64 5.42 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 1.00 1.00 7.00 1.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 8.00 6.00 8.00 4.00 [+]
Steel Production 7251.00 7461.00 11951.00 3799.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Mining Production 13.10 15.10 108.20 -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 November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.80 4.60 23.50 -19.00 1992 - 2018 percent Monthly
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