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Orders for US big-ticket factory goods surge 15.8% in May

Published Thu Jun 25 2020 12:37:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Orders to American factories for big-ticket goods rebounded last month from a disastrous May as the U.S. economy began to slowly reopen. The Commerce Department said that orders for manufactured goods meant to last at least three years shot up 15.8% in May after plunging 18.1% in April. Economists expected a rebound, but the May increase was stronger than expected. A category that tracks business investment — orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft — rose 2.3% after plunging 6.5% in April. The lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing measures meant to contain COVID-19 brought economic activity to a near standstill across the United States in March and April. 
by By PAUL WISEMAN
Orders for US big-ticket factory goods surge 15.8% in May
Orders for US big-ticket factory goods surge 15.8% in May