Economy USA

Sharp rise in durable goods orders in the U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Orders for durable goods in the United States have increased significantly more than expected in July, according to official statistics issued Wednesday.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported a 4.0% increase in orders in July after a decline of 1.3% (revised from -1.9%) in June

Analysts polled by Reuters on average expected a 2.0% increase.

The strong demand for airplanes and automobiles brought the statistics. Orders for transportation equipment included jumped 14.6%, their largest increase since January.

Excluding transportation, the increase was 0.7%, while the consensus expected a decline of 0.5%, following growth of 0.6% in June (revised from 0.4%).

Excluding defense, a 4.8% increase was announced, the highest since September 2010. The consensus was 3.2% after falling 0.9% the previous month (revised from -1.6%).

The index contracts on Wall Street have erased their losses as soon as these figures and bond markets have exacerbated their losses (in Europe) or erased their gains (the U.S.).

Orders for durable goods are considered a leading indicator of manufacturing activity in the United States.

The U.S. recovery has been fueled mainly by the manufacturing activity, but the fall in equity markets has affected both business and consumer confidence.

The aviation sector has supported the durable goods orders in July with a 43.4% jump in aircraft orders, which makes you forget the 24% decline in June.

Boeing said on its website had received 115 aircraft orders, against 48 the previous month.

Orders for motor vehicles rose by 11.5%, their biggest increase since January 2003. They had increased by 0.1% in June

This improvement suggests that the effects of the earthquake of March 11 in Japan on the automotive industry are beginning to dissipate.

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