Factory Orders Rise 1.8% In December, Below Estimates

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December factory orders data are out.Factory orders rose 1.8 per cent in December, below estimates of a 2.3 per cent advance.

November factory orders growth was revised down to -0.3 per cent from the 0 per cent figure reported last month.

Below is a breakdown of the sub-components of the report:

New orders for manufactured goods in December, up three of the last four months, increased $8.6 billion or 1.8 per cent to $484.8 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 0.3 per cent November decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.2 per cent.

Shipments, up five of the last six months, increased $1.8 billion or 0.4 per cent to $484.9 billion. This followed a 0.3 per cent November increase. Unfilled orders, up six of the last seven months, increased $7.9 billion or 0.8 per cent to $991.7 billion. This followed a slight November increase. The unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio was 6.12, down from 6.13 in November.

Inventories, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, increased $0.5 billion or 0.1 per cent to $615.5 billion. This followed a slight November decrease. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.27, unchanged from November.

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