Manufactured Durable Goods Up 2.5 Percent in March

By April 27, 2011Economy, General

The Census Bureau today released data on advance manufactured durable goods shipments, inventories, and orders.  In March, new orders for manufactured durable goods rose 2.5 percent to $208.4 billion, building off of increases in the two previous months of 3.7 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.  The strongest gains in March were in transportation equipment, machinery, capital goods, and primary metals.  Communications equipment and fabricated metal products experienced declines in new orders in March.

Shipments and inventories were also up overall for the month, growing by 1.8 percent and 1.3 percent respectively.  The biggest gainer in each of these figures was in transportation equipment.

Overall, these numbers mirror other recent trends which show upward movement in durable goods manufacturing, as illustrated in the accompanying chart.  The positive growth trajectory for industrial production in general, or with durable goods manufacturing specifically as in these figures, bodes well for economic growth in the coming months.


Chad Moutray is chief economist of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Director of the Center for Manufacturing Research for The Manufacturing Institute, where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets.
Chad Moutray

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