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US durable goods orders fell 1.2 per cent in October

November 22, 2017 - 5:39 AM

WASHINGTON - Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell last month for the first time since July, pulled down by plummeting orders for commercial aircraft. A category that tracks business investment posted the biggest drop in more than a year.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods, which are meant to last at least three years, slid 1.2 per cent in October after rising 2.2 per cent in September and 2.1 per cent in August.

But the figure was warped by an 18.6 per cent drop in orders for commercial planes, a category that bounces around from month to month.

Overall, American industry is looking healthy, helped by an improving world economy and a drop in the U.S. dollar, which makes American products less expensive in foreign markets.

What you need to know:

-- October's drop in overall orders was the first decrease since a 6.8 per cent slide in July.

-- A category that tracks business investment — orders for capital goods excluding defence and aircraft — fell 0.5 per cent, the biggest drop since September 2016.

-- Excluding the volatile transportation sector, orders were up 0.4 per cent, the smallest gain since June.

-- Orders for machinery rose 0.6 per cent last month, and orders for computers rose 0.7 per cent.

-- An earlier survey by the Institute for Supply Management found that U.S. manufacturing has expanded for 14 straight months.

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