New orders for US manufactured goods rose by 8.0 percent from a month earlier in May 2020, partially recovering from a record 13.5 percent tumble in April and missing market expectations of an 8.9 percent growth, as several states gradually lifted coronavirus restrictions. Demand for transport equipment jumped 82.0 percent (vs -48.9 percent in April) led by vehicles and defense aircraft. In addition, new orders were up for primary metals (8.9 percent vs -14.5 percent), fabricated metal products (7.4 percent vs -13.6 percent), furniture and related products (5.3 percent vs -12.4 percent), electrical equipment, appliances, and components (1.0 percent vs -9.0 percent), computers and electronic products (0.7 percent vs -0.1 percent), and machinery (0.5 percent vs -8.0 percent).

Factory Orders in the United States averaged 0.22 percent from 1991 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 10.30 percent in July of 2014 and a record low of -13.50 percent in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Factory Orders - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Factory Orders - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Factory Orders in the United States is expected to be -5.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Factory Orders in the United States to stand at 1.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Factory Orders is projected to trend around 0.30 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Factory Orders

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
8.00 -13.50 10.30 -13.50 1991 - 2020 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-04-02 02:00 PM Feb 0% -0.5% 0.2% 0.2%
2020-05-04 02:00 PM Mar -10.3% -0.1% -9.7% -12.6%
2020-06-03 02:00 PM Apr -13% -11% -14% -16%
2020-07-02 02:00 PM May 8% -13.5% 8.9% 8%
2020-08-04 02:00 PM Jun 8% -6.5%
2020-09-02 02:00 PM Jul
2020-10-02 02:00 PM Aug
2020-11-03 03:00 PM Sep -5.2%


News Stream
US Factory Orders Rebound Less than Expected
New orders for US manufactured goods rose by 8.0 percent from a month earlier in May 2020, partially recovering from a record 13.5 percent tumble in April and missing market expectations of an 8.9 percent growth, as several states gradually lifted coronavirus restrictions. Demand for transport equipment jumped 82.0 percent (vs -48.9 percent in April) led by vehicles and defense aircraft. In addition, new orders were up for primary metals (8.9 percent vs -14.5 percent), fabricated metal products (7.4 percent vs -13.6 percent), furniture and related products (5.3 percent vs -12.4 percent), electrical equipment, appliances, and components (1.0 percent vs -9.0 percent), computers and electronic products (0.7 percent vs -0.1 percent), and machinery (0.5 percent vs -8.0 percent).
2020-07-02
US Factory Orders Fall at Record Pace in April
New orders for US manufactured goods plunged 13.0 percent from a month earlier in April 2020, following a revised 11.0 percent tumble in March and compared to market expectations of a 14.0 percent drop. That was the largest decline in factory orders since data collection began in 1991 as the coronavirus pandemic hit activity and demand. New orders were sharply down for transportation equipment (-48.3 percent vs -43.2 percent) on the back of vehicles and defense aircraft, machinery (-7.2 percent vs -1.7 percent), electrical equipment, appliances, and components (-9.0 percent vs -0.7 percent), fabricated metal products (-12.3 percent vs -3.5 percent) and primary metals (-14.7 percent vs -4.8 percent).
2020-06-03
US Factory Orders Slump at Record Pace
New orders for US manufactured goods plunged 10.3 percent from a month earlier in March of 2020, following a revised 0.1 percent decline in March and worse market expectations of a 9.7 percent drop. It is the biggest fall in new orders ever, as many businesses operated on a limited capacity or have ceased operations completely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Transportation equipment, down two of the last three months, led the decrease, down by 41.3 percent. New orders for machinery edged down 0.5 percent, orders for computers and electronic products were unchanged and those for manufactured nondurable goods decreased 5.8 percent. Excluding transportation, new orders were down 3.7 percent.
2020-05-04
US Factory Orders Unchanged in February
New orders for US manufactured goods were unchanged from a month earlier in February 2020, following a 0.5 percent decline in January and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent growth. Demand for transport equipment jumped 4.6 percent (vs -1.0 percent in January), boosted by ships and boats (124.7 percent vs -69.9 percent), while there was a decline in orders for defense aircraft (-13.3 percent vs -23.2 percent), civilian aircraft (-0.3 percent vs 356.8 percent) and vehicles (-1.0 percent vs 1.7 percent). In addition, demand for electrical equipment, appliances, and components rose 1.3 percent, compared to a 1.1 percent fall in the previous month. These increases were offset by falls in demand for primary metals (-1.0 percent vs 2.8 percent), fabricated metal products (-1.1 percent vs 0.5 percent), machinery (-0.6 percent vs 2.0 percent), and computers and electronic products (-0.7 percent, the same as in January).
2020-04-02

United States Factory Orders
Factory orders report is compiled from results of "Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey" and shows the value of new factory orders for both durable (50% of total orders) and non-durable goods. The survey is usually released a week after durable goods orders report. .