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  Durable goods orders rise 1.9% in May
Posted Under: Data Watch • Durable Goods
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Implications:  The economy is still alive and kicking, and today's report on durable goods shows it.  New orders for durable goods increased 1.9% in May, beating the expected increase of 1.5%, and were revised up for April as well.  Most of the gain in May was due to civilian aircraft, which are very volatile from month to month.  However, excluding the transportation sector, orders were still up 0.6% in May and up 1.9% including upward revisions for April.  Moreover, the gains in May were widespread, with almost every major category of orders increasing.  In other words, this is not just a Boeing story.  Shipments of "core" capital goods (which exclude civilian aircraft and defense and which the government uses to calculate GDP) bounced back 1.4% in May.  These shipments are up 7.7% versus a year ago and up at a much faster 14.9% annual rate in the past three months.  Given record corporate profits and balance sheet cash, relatively low borrowing rates in the corporate sector, a recent rise in commercial and industrial lending, plus full expensing for tax purposes for 2011, we believe business investment will continue to increase substantially for at least the next couple of years.

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Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 11:16 AM • Post Link Print this post Printer Friendly

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