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Factory Orders Slump; Eighth Decline in Nine Months

Associated Press (06/02/15) Josh Boak

U.S. factory orders fell in April, an indication that manufacturers are struggling amid cheaper oil and a strong dollar. Orders declined 0.4%—the eighth decline in nine months—according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Orders for durable goods fell 1%, and demand for nondurable goods rose just 0.2%.

Meanwhile, there are indications that manufacturers have responded to the changing conditions. Energy firms reacted quickly to oil prices falling below $60 a barrel, and the impact of the sector’s layoffs and canceled orders has largely been processed by the economy.