Durable Goods Exceeded Expectations in October

Written by David Schollaert

New orders for US-manufactured durable goods rose in October to a seasonally adjusted $277.4 billion. That figure has risen for seven out of the last eight months. Shipments picked up as well last month despite persistent inflation and global economic instability.

Last month’s bookings for durable goods were up roughly 1%, or $2.8 billion more month-on-month (MoM)—ahead of a consensus expected gain of 0.4%, according to the US Census Bureau. Figures are not adjusted for inflation.

Orders for big-ticket, US-made goods were helped by aircraft and autos. But excluding transportation, new orders decreased by 0.5%.

Transportation equipment, which has increased six of the last seven months, was up $2 billion, or 2.1%, to $97.8 billion, the government data showed.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods, up 16 of the last 17 months, rose 0.4% to $275.4 billion. That’s after a 0.3%-increase in September. Machinery, up 19 of the last 20 months, led the increase in that category. It was up $0.5 billion, or 1.3%, to $38.9 billion.

Click here for more detail on the October advance report from the US Census Bureau on durable goods manufacturers’ shipments, inventories, and orders. See also Figure 1 below.

DurableGoods Oct22

Revised and Recently Benchmarked September Data

Revised seasonally adjusted September figures for all manufacturing industries were as follows: new orders, $551.0 billion (unchanged from $551.0 billion); shipments, $550.8 billion (revised from $550.3 billion); unfilled orders, $1,137.3 billion (revised from $1,137.8 billion), and total inventories, $801.2 billion (revised from $801.6 billion).

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