Durable Goods Orders Drop 2.5%, Most in Five Months

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New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods fell more sharply than expected in June, notching their biggest decline in five months as demand for communications and transportation equipment slumped, a government report showed on Wednesday. The Commerce Department said durable goods orders fell 2.5 percent, the largest drop since January, after rising by a revised 1.3 percent in May, previously reported as a 1.8 percent surge. This was worse than market expectations for a 0.6 percent decline. Orders had advanced for two straight months. New orders excluding transportation unexpectedly rose 1.1 percent in June, after climbing by 0.8 percent in May.

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