US durable goods orders jump 3
The surge in orders for d ugg boots uk urable goods, which are products expected to last at least three years, was the latest evidence of a rebound in manufacturing. The gains will likely provide support for the economy into 2014.
The US Commerce Department said on Tuesday orders for durable goods jumped 3.5 per cent last month compared with October, when they had fallen 0.7 per cent. The increase was led by a 21.8 per cent surge in demand for commercial aircraft, which can be volatile.
Core capital goods, a category that tracks business investment, rose 4.5 per cent, the biggest gain since January. This category is seen as a gauge of business plans to expand and modernise, and as a measure of business confidence.
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Economists said the stronger than expected November gain and a revision for October, which h ugg boots uk ad previously been reported as a sharper 1.6 per cent drop, were encouraging signs.
“Nearly all of the major industries saw more orders coming in during November,” said Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.
She noted that machinery, fabricated metals, computers and electroni ugg boots uk cs and communications equipment all showed solid gains.
Last month’s rise in core capital goods, a category that excludes defence and aircraft, followed declines of 0.7 per cent in ugg boots uk October and 1.2 per cent in September. It was the strongest gain since an 8.9 per cent increase in January.
Demand for transportation products rose 8.4 per cent, led by a surge in commercial aircraft orders. Orders for motor vehicles and parts increased 3.3 per cent. Carmakers have been enjoying a banner sales year.
Orders for communications equipment shot up 13 per cent. Demand rose 5.3 per cent for computers and 3.8 per cent for machinery.
Other reports have also signalled a strengthening manufacturing sector. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has reported that its gauge of manufacturing activity rose in November at the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years. Factories ramped up production and hiring.
According to the ISM gauge, manufacturing activity has expanded for six straight months after hitting a rough patch in the spring. A separate report showed that factories increased output in November for a fourth straight month, led by a surge in car production.