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July Sees Dip in New Orders for Manufactured Durable Goods: Analysis

Hillary Cargo
By Hillary Cargo Senior Editor, SME Media

In a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the manufacturing sector experienced a slight setback in July as new orders for manufactured durable goods declined 5.2%, totaling $285.9 billion. This drop follows four consecutive months of increases and comes on the heels of a notable 4.4% surge in June.

The manufacturing industry, which had been showing signs of recovery, encountered a decline driven primarily by the transportation equipment segment. Transportation equipment, which had been enjoying a streak of growth over the past four months, faced a significant decline of 14.3%, amounting to a reduction of $16.4 billion to reach $98.7 billion. This downturn contributed significantly to the overall dip in new orders for durable goods.

On a more positive note, when excluding the transportation sector from the analysis, the data showed a different trend. New orders for durable goods excluding transportation experienced a modest increase of .5%, signaling some resilience within other segments of the manufacturing sector. This could be an indicator that other industries are demonstrating stability even as transportation equipment falters.

Furthermore, the report revealed that excluding defense-related orders, new orders for durable goods declined by 5.4%. This highlights the broader impact of the dip, extending beyond specific defense-related segments.

While the transportation equipment segment faced a setback in July, the positive performance of other sectors demonstrates the potential for recovery and growth in the industry.

As the manufacturing sector continues to recover from the challenges posed by the global pandemic, it is crucial for stakeholders to closely monitor market trends and maintain the agility needed to respond to changing conditions. The dip in new orders for durable goods in July serves as a reminder that the industry's path to recovery may be characterized by both progress and occasional setbacks.

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