New orders for manufactured goods increased 1.3% to $464.9 billion in December, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The December reading followed a 2.3% November decrease.
Shipments of manufactured durable goods increased 1.4% to $238.1 billion. Transportation equipment led the increase, rising 2.4% to $82.2 billion.
Inventories of manufactured durable goods decreased 0.3% to $383.9 billion.
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