Wednesday, July 27, 2011

U.S. durable-goods orders fall 2.1% in June

At least it wasn't "unexpected".....Errrr, wait
It was the second large drop in the past three months for durable-goods orders, raising fears that manufacturing is running out of steam after leading a tepid recovery over the past two years. Without a strong manufacturing sector, it is hard to see how forecasts of a strong second-half recovery can be realized.

The decline in orders in June followed a revised 1.9% rise in May and a 2.5% drop in April.

The decline was a surprise to the closest observers. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had been forecasting a flat reading.

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