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U.S. Durable Orders Rose 2% in July

Wall Street Journal (08/26/15) Anna Louie Sussman; Eric Morath

Orders for durable goods increased a seasonally adjusted 2% in July from a month ago, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal said overall orders would increase 0.1%.

Businesses invested in new machinery, electronics, and other items, suggesting growing optimism about the economy. New orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft increased for the second consecutive month. July’s increase of 2.2% was the biggest since June 2014.

Transportation orders drove July’s gains, increasing 4.7% from a month earlier. Automobile demand was stronger, while civilian aircraft orders declined 6%.