New Factory Orders Rose to an All-Time High in June on Increased Aircraft Sales

By August 2, 2013Economy

The Census Bureau reported that new manufactured goods orders rose to $496.7 billion in June, an all-time high. This was an increase of 1.5 percent increase for the month. But, as we noted when durable goods data were released last week, the broader data reflect weaknesses beyond the aircraft sector. If you exclude transportation orders (which also include higher motor vehicle sales), new factory orders would have declined 0.4 percent. Non-transportation durable goods were off 0.1 percent, with nondurable goods down 0.6 percent.

Outside of airplanes, there were areas of strength for new durable goods orders. These included higher June sales numbers for machinery (up 2.6 percent), motor vehicle and parts (up 2.0 percent), and furniture and related products (up 1.6 percent). In contrast, the largest declines were seen in the electronic equipment and appliances (down 1.8 percent), computers and electronics (down 1.7 percent), and primary metals (down 1.5 percent) sectors.

Meanwhile, shipments of manufactured goods were down 0.4 percent, with lower durable and nondurable goods figures (down 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively). Year-to-date, shipments have declined 0.1 percent, reflecting softness in the manufacturing sector in the first six months of the year. With that said, there were some areas of growth. In June, there were higher shipments reported in the automobile (up 2.9 percent), primary metals (up 2.1 percent), nonmetallic mineral products (up 1.1 percent), and computer electronics (up 0.9 percent) sectors.

Chad Moutray is the chief economist, 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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