U.S. Durable Goods Orders Recover as Aircraft Rebounds
New orders for durable goods rebounded somewhat in November, 1.3% (8.2% y/y), after October's 0.4% decline; that was revised from -1.2% reported initially. Market expectations, evidenced in the Action Economics Forecast Survey, had [...]
New orders for durable goods rebounded somewhat in November, 1.3% (8.2% y/y), after October's 0.4% decline; that was revised from -1.2% reported initially. Market expectations, evidenced in the Action Economics Forecast Survey, had looked for a 2.0% jump from the initial reading..
The transportation sector was, as often happens, the prime mover, with those new orders jumping 4.2% (10.7% y/y) after a 3.9% fall in October. Nondefense aircraft & parts orders gained 14.5% in November to $12.5 billion, more than 3x their November 2016 amount, after their 15.8% fall the month before. Motor vehicle & parts orders rose 1.4% (5.6% y/y). Excluding the transportation sector, durable goods new orders edged down 0.1% (7.0% y/y), after 1.3% gains in each October and September.
Nondefense capital goods orders also reflected the November rebound in aircraft, as they rose 2.6% (22.6% y/y) following a drop of 3.0% in October. Excluding aircraft, that sector's orders slipped 0.1% (+8.1% y/y) after an upwardly revised 0.8% rise in October.
Electrical equipment orders rose 0.7% (0.5% y/y) last month after October's 1.0% gain. Machinery orders reversed some of their October strength, as they fell 1.1% (8.8% y/y) following +2.6% in that earlier month. Orders for computers & electronic products also eased, 0.3% (also 8.8% y/y), but that followed a sizable 1.8% advance in October. Primary metals orders rose 0.8% (10.0% y/y) after a 2.1% gain the month before, and orders for fabricated metals decreased 0.3% (+6.3% y/y) following -0.5% in October.
Shipments of durable goods gained 1.0% (6.7% y/y) last month after a 0.5% rise. Shipments outside of the transportation sector edged higher 0.2% (6.7% y/y) after two months of strong increase.
Unfilled orders for durable goods again hardly moved, edging up 0.1% (0.9% y/y) in November after October's 0.05% rise. Outside the transportation sector, order backlogs rose 0.4% (4.5% y/y) following a slightly revised 0.6% in October. Durable goods inventories rose 0.2% (3.6% y/y), the same size move as in October. Excluding transportation, inventories were up 0.4% (5.5% y/y) after a 0.3% rise.
The durable goods figures are available in Haver's USECON database. The Action Economics consensus forecast figure is in the AS1REPNA database.
|Durable Goods NAICS Classification||Nov||Oct||Sep||Nov Y/Y||2016||2015||2014|
|New Orders (SA, %)||1.3||-0.4||2.4||8.2||-1.7||-4.6||4.7|
|Total Excluding Transportation||-0.1||1.3||1.3||7.0||-0.7||-3.6||2.9|
|Nondefense Capital Goods||2.6||-3.0||7.3||22.6||-7.1||-11.0||0.9|
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Carol Stone, CBE came to Haver Analytics in 2003 following more than 35 years as a financial market economist at major Wall Street financial institutions, most especially Merrill Lynch and Nomura Securities. She has broad experience in analysis and forecasting of flow-of-funds accounts, the federal budget and Federal Reserve operations. At Nomura Securites, among other duties, she developed various indicator forecasting tools and edited a daily global publication produced in London and New York for readers in Tokyo. At Haver Analytics, Carol is a member of the Research Department, aiding database managers with research and documentation efforts, as well as posting commentary on select economic reports. In addition, she conducts Ways-of-the-World, a blog on economic issues for an Episcopal-Church-affiliated website, The Geranium Farm. During her career, Carol served as an officer of the Money Marketeers and the Downtown Economists Club. She has a PhD from NYU's Stern School of Business. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has a weekend home on Long Island.