Ekonomické zprávy

U.S. durable goods orders rise more than anticipated in February

The U.S. Commerce Department announced Tuesday that the durable goods orders jumped 1.4 per cent m-o-m in February, following a downwardly revised 6.9 per cent m-o-m plunge (from -6.1 per cent m-o-m) in January. This was the first monthly gain in durable goods orders in three months. 

Economists had foreseen a 1.1 per cent m-o-m advance.

According to the report, the February increase was due to gains in orders in 7 of 9 sectors, led by transportation equipment (+3.3 per cent m-o-m).

Meanwhile, orders for durable goods excluding transportation rose 0.5 per cent m-o-m in February, following an unrevised 0.3 per cent m-o-m drop in the previous month, slightly better than economists’ prediction of a 0.4 per cent m-o-m increase.

Elsewhere, orders for non-defence capital goods excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, climbed 0.7 per cent m-o-m last month after a downwardly revised 0.4 per cent m-o-m decrease (from +0.1 per cent m-o-m) in January. Economists had foreseen a 0.1 per cent m-o-m increase in core capital goods orders for January. 

On a y-o-y basis, durable goods orders grew 1.8 per cent, while orders, excluding transportation, surged 3.2 per cent.

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