- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2009

The number of new orders for manufactured durable goods in April increased $3 billion, or 1.9 percent, to $161.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

The figure is an indicator of whether U.S. households are again buying such long-lasting and more expensive products as appliances and automobiles.

This was the second increase in the past three months and followed a 2.1 percent decrease in March.

However, shipments of manufactured durable goods in April decreased $0.3 billion, or 0.2 percent, to $174.2 billion. It was the ninth consecutive month of decreases and the marks the longest streak of consecutive monthly decreases since the agency started publishing the numbers in 1992.

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