Durable Goods Orders Unexpectedly Rise in August
New orders for manufactured durable goods unexpectedly rose in August, coming in at $284.75B. This is a 0.2% increase from the previous month and is better than the expected 0.5% decline. The series is up 3.5% year-over-year (YoY). If we exclude transportation, "core" durable goods were up 0.4% from the previous month and up 1.1% from one year ago.
New orders for manufactured durable goods in August, up five of the last six months, increased $0.5 billion or 0.2 percent to $284.7 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This followed a 5.6 percent July decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 0.7 percent. Machinery, up four of the last five months, led the increase, $0.2 billion or 0.5 percent to $37.8 billion.
Durable goods refers to tangible products that can be stored or inventoried and that have an average life of at least three years. Durable goods are typically expensive and therefore tend to be purchased when there is confidence in the economy. New orders for durable goods are a leading indicator, meaning when purchases increase it typically hints at an improvement to the economy. On the flip side, when the new orders trend down it is indicating a lack of confidence in the economy.