U.S. factory orders surged in January
WASHINGTON – U.S. orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January, indicating confidence in the economy.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for so-called core capital goods, which also include equipment and computers, rose 7.2 percent from December. It was the biggest gain in more than a year and higher than the initial 6.3 percent increase estimated by the government last week.
Total factory orders fell 2 percent in January from December. But the decline was mostly due to a steep drop in volatile aircraft and defense orders that was also reported last week.
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