Durable Goods

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January 28, 2016

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders Sink as New Home Sales Jump

New orders for long-lasting durable goods plunged in December while shipments also fell, according to an advance report on Thursday from the U.S. Commerce Department, following a decision by the Federal Reserve to not raise a key interest rate.

January 6, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Service Sectors Decline, Employment Jumps

Shipments of manufactured goods in the U.S. increased slightly in November, according to a new and full government report, while new orders posted its third decline in the last four months.

December 23, 2015

Economic Watch: Three Reports Show Underlying Strength

Two days before Christmas, the Commerce Department released three reports on the U.S. economy. When put together, they show a solid performance, though not as strong as it has been or some would like.

December 1, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Activity Contracts, Construction Booms

A closely watched gauge of activity within the nation’s manufacturing sector shows it not only declined for the fifth straight month, but also that activity contracted during November for the first time in three years, according to the nation’s supply executives.

October 27, 2015

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders, Consumer Confidence Both Fall

A stretch of recently leaner times for at least one part of the nation’s manufacturing sector could be nearing an end, despite a new report showing lower new orders.

September 24, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Cools, New Homes Soar

Economic watchers got a mixed bag of reports on Thursday. One showed an easing in part of the manufacturing sector, including a measure of business investment. However, two others were upbeat regarding housing and the upcoming holiday sales season.

July 27, 2015

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Rebound, Still Down for 2015

New orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods rebounded in June following two straight monthly drops, while business investment also turned around, according to the Commerce Department.

June 23, 2015

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Fall as Manufacturing Slows

A first look at May orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods, a key indicator for trucking freight.

June 2, 2015

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Drop Again

New orders for factory-made goods continue to disappoint, falling 0.4% in April from the month before and marking the eighth decline in the last nine months.

May 26, 2015

Economic Watch: Key Durable Goods Indicator Rises

An advance report shows both new orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods declined in April, but a key indicator increased for the second consecutive month.

April 24, 2015

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Orders Increase, Key Indicator Down Again

Orders for big ticket, long lasting durable goods increased 4% in March, the biggest gain in eight months, but a key indicator of business investment fell for the second consecutive month.

February 26, 2015

Economic Watch: Retail Prices Fall, Durable Goods Orders Up

Retail prices fell in January from the month before and from a year earlier, marking the first annual drop in more than five years.

February 3, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Shipments, New Orders Drop

A full report on activity at U.S. factories in December shows drops in both shipments and new orders, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

January 27, 2015

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Mixed; New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Higher

Shipments of U.S. manufactured durable goods, those designed to last three years or more, rebounded in December but new orders turned in its worst performance since August, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

December 23, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Wows, Durable Goods Decrease

The value of the production of goods and services in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year increased at an annual rate of 5%, according to a third estimate from the U.S. Commerce Department.

December 1, 2014

Economic Watch: Gains in Durables, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence

Key economic indicators for October that were posted last week show mostly good news for trucking, including durable goods, home sales and consumer confidence.

October 28, 2014

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Activity Slows, Consumers Upbeat

An advance report shows shipments of durable goods increased just slightly last month while new orders fell for the second straight month.

September 25, 2014

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Decline, Services Sector Remains Strong

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell 1.5% from July following a 3.7% increase in July from June. An overall decline of this amount was expected, according to a poll of economists.

September 3, 2014

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Hit Record Highs

Shipments of U.S. manufactured goods increased again in July, while new orders for them skyrocketed, with both hitting record high levels going back to 1992.

August 26, 2014

Economic Watch: Durables Surge, Consumer Confidence Best Since 2007

UPDATED -- Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods continue moving higher, with both hitting record levels -- but the numbers may not be as bright as they seem.

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