June 5, 2007 |
Orders to U.S. factories posted a weaker-than-expected gain in April as declines in demand for cars, planes and boats offset strength in business investment. The Commerce Department reported Monday that factory orders increased 0.3% in April, the weakest showing in three months. Analysts had expected a 0.8% increase. Still, economists were encouraged that orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft -- a category considered a good proxy for business investment -- were up a strong 2.
May 3, 2007 |
U.S. factory orders surged in March by the largest amount in a year, an encouraging sign that the recent manufacturing slowdown might be ending. The Commerce Department said orders rose 3.1%, primarily because of a big jump in demand for commercial aircraft. It was the biggest rise in the category that tracks business investment in new equipment in 2 1/2 years.
October 5, 2007 |
New orders at U.S. factories fell more than expected in August and jobless benefit claims climbed last week, government reports showed Thursday. Factory orders fell 3.3% in August -- the largest decline since January -- on big drops in aircraft and auto orders, a Commerce Department report showed. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected factory orders to slip 2.6%. Also, orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft -- viewed as a reliable indicator of business investment -- fell 0.
October 5, 2000 |
U.S. factory orders rose in August, driven by strong demand for aircraft and electronic components, the government said Wednesday in a report which suggested a slowing but still healthy economy. Separately, in a preview of some economic data coming today, U.S. retailers' sales at stores open at least a year rose about 3.5% in September as consumers bought clothing at marked-down prices and picked up housewares and electronics, analysts said.
August 31, 1989 |
Factory orders dropped 1.7% in July to their lowest level for the year as the dollar's recent strength checked the American export boom, the Commerce Department said today. A key component, durable goods orders, dropped 2.2%, exceeding the 1.9% fall estimated by the department in an Aug. 22 report. The drop in factory orders was nearly twice as deep as the 0.9% decline economists had forecast. However, excluding volatile military equipment, July orders were down 1.1%.
November 2, 1988 |
New orders received by U.S. factories fell 1.9% in September while sales of new homes tumbled 7.8%, the government said today in its latest affirmation that the once-hot economy is cooling off. Factory orders, a leading indicator of the nation's industrial strength, fell to a seasonally adjusted $222.62 billion in September after rising 3.2% in August, the Commerce Department said.
February 4, 2000 |
Orders for U.S. manufactured goods rose at their fastest monthly pace in seven years in December, topping a solid year of gains as the economy showed no imminent signs of a slowdown, new Commerce Department figures show. Factory orders rose 3.3% in December--the largest gain since a 4.9% rise in December 1992--to a seasonally adjusted $377.76 billion. The gains were driven by strong demand for durable goods, particularly transportation and electrical equipment.
December 4, 2006 |
With December underway, Wall Street might begin counting down the number of shopping days left -- not until the holidays but until retailers can say with certainty how the shopping season fared and whether consumer spending held up as hoped. Investors have received mixed signals on the health of retailers and consumers in general recently.
June 3, 1986 |
Orders to U.S. factories for manufactured goods rose 0.1% in April while construction spending increased 0.8%, the Commerce Department said Monday. Analysts called the economic indicators generally lackluster, but they pointed out some bright spots within the figures. The department said new orders on a seasonally adjusted basis edged up to $193.18 billion in April following a 2.8% drop in March. Despite the increase, factory orders are considered by many analysts to be a weak spot in the U.S.