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Dismal Durable Goods Report: Inventories Up, Shipments and New Orders Down

•,by Mish

The Advance Durable Goods report on Shipments, Inventories, and new orders for April was a disaster.

New Orders: New orders for manufactured durable goods in April decreased $5.4 billion or 2.1 percent to $248.4 billion. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 1.7 percent March increase. Excluding transportation, new orders were virtually unchanged. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 2.5 percent. Transportation equipment, also down two of the last three months, drove the decrease, $5.4 billion or 5.9 percent to $85.4 billion.

Shipments: Shipments of manufactured durable goods in April, down three of the last four months, decreased $4.0 billion or 1.6 percent to $253.3 billion. This followed a 0.5 percent March decrease. Transportation equipment, down four consecutive months, led the decrease, $3.7 billion or 4.1 percent to $85.8 billion.

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