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Demand for Manufacturing Goods accelerates

U.S. Factory Orders Economic Indicators



orders increased on the faster pace again, as bookings outgrow production.Orders for U.S.-made products increased in February on the seasonally adjusted basis by 1.28 % to $498 billions, an increase of $6.3 billions from $492 in January, reported by the Commerce Department. With bookings rising across the board, demand for primary metals, fabricated metal products, machinery orders, while orders for computers and related products declined.
Orders today mean shipments tomorrow, implying that business spending is heading into the next month with decent momentum. New orders jumped by 4.32 % for the year, and shipments by 4.41 %.

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Inventories grew in February by 0.41 % to $675 billions, an increase of $3 billions from $672 in January on the seasonally adjusted basis, as inventories for electronic components grew the most, up 2.02 % to $8 billions, reported by the Commerce Department. Inventory to shipments ratio grew to 1.35 from 1.35 in the previous month.


Another category of orders closely watched by economists, known as excluding defense and transportation, orders have climbed less than total orders by 1.01 % on the seasonally adjusted basis and inventories by 1.01 % %. Over the past 12 months, excluding defense and transportation bookings grew by 4.33 % and unfilled orders by 2.81 %.


Factory Orders (Picture Autor: Wolfgang Meinhart) licence GNU

Durable Goods New Orders
Primary Metals New Orders
Machinery New Orders
Transp. Equip. New Orders
3.01% 4.17% 3.24% 12.06% 1.48% 6.15% 7.23% 2.52%
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Unfilled orders have rebounded from decline in previous period, unfilled orders increased by 0.14 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by 4.22 % growth in household appliances, representing 0.11 % of total unfilled bookings. total factory inventories grew by 2.34 % over the past 12 months.
Shipments increased in February by 0.35 % to $501 billions, an increase of $2 billions from $499 in January on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the U.S. Commerce Department. Shipments excluding transportation grew by 0.28 %.
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New Orders / Shipments Ratio Inventory / Shipments Ratio
Total New orders / shipments ratio for all manufacturing industries was 0.99. Excluding transportation new orders / shipments ratio was 0.99. Excluding defense new orders / shipments ratio was 1.00 . 
Inventory / shipments ratio for all manufacturing industries was 1.35. Excluding transportation Inventory / shipments ratio was 1.30. Excluding defense Inventory / shipments ratio was 1.33.
 




Factory Shipments
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Feb. 2018
adv.
Jan. 2018
adv.
Dec. 2017
adv.
Nov. 2017
adv.
Oct. 2017
adv.
Sep. 2017
adv.
All manufacturing industries
500,514 498,766 495,401 491,177 484,223 480,390
Excluding transportation
418,459 417,300 414,496 409,920 404,990 400,919
Excluding defense
487,469 485,160 482,274 478,090 471,203 467,753
With unfilled orders
176,157 174,607 173,659 172,239 169,909 169,526
Durable goods industries
249,785 247,109 246,493 244,435 242,008 240,339
Primary metals
21,278 20,745 20,704 20,050 19,948 19,613
Iron & steel mills
10,030 9,688 9,608 9,577 9,486 9,253
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
9,911 9,728 9,769 9,163 9,146 9,079
Ferrous metal foundries
1,337 1,329 1,327 1,310 1,316 1,281
Fabricated metal products
34,064 33,680 33,379 32,747 32,720 32,402
Machinery
33,320 32,757 32,688 32,441 32,527 32,110
Construction machinery
2,345 2,231 2,276 2,185 2,111 2,052
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
1,119 1,134 1,078 1,076 1,118 1,177
Industrial machinery
2,915 2,934 2,911 2,964 3,007 2,874
Photographic equipment
552 512 488 478 500 537
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
3,827 3,964 3,825 3,789 3,695 3,663
Metalworking machinery
3,469 3,243 3,251 3,109 3,119 3,162
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
4,189 4,188 4,316 4,396 4,370 4,489
Material handling equipment
3,032 2,947 2,816 2,877 2,874 2,867
Computers & electronic products
28,425 28,197 28,021 27,917 27,706 27,436
Computers
659 654 624 689 681 695
Nondefense communications equipment
3,015 3,051 3,041 2,927 2,866 2,791
Defense communications equipment
254 247 236 241 251 246
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
4,298 4,268 4,269 4,219 4,209 4,083
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
1,507 1,528 1,583 1,529 1,471 1,450
Defense search & navigation equipment
2,722 2,855 2,689 2,722 2,661 2,641
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
9,698 9,606 9,657 9,546 9,279 9,166
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
10,465 10,318 10,222 10,159 10,193 10,138
Electric lighting equipment
1,048 1,051 1,045 1,045 1,042 1,059
Household appliances
1,512 1,514 1,547 1,510 1,533 1,580
Electrical equipment
2,791 2,671 2,675 2,673 2,657 2,652
Transportation equipment
82,055 81,466 80,905 81,257 79,233 79,471
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
28,853 28,483 28,560 28,179 27,987 27,617
Nondefense aircraft & parts
11,535 11,434 11,295 12,091 10,775 12,471
Defense aircraft & parts
4,249 4,228 4,184 4,185 4,261 3,981
Ships & boats
3,237 3,207 3,148 3,111 3,105 2,985
Furniture & related products
6,686 6,575 6,691 6,681 6,619 6,519
Nondurable goods industries
250,729 251,657 248,908 246,742 242,215 240,051




Factory New Orders
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Feb. 2018
adv.
Jan. 2018
adv.
Dec. 2017
adv.
Nov. 2017
adv.
Oct. 2017
adv.
Sep. 2017
adv.
All manufacturing industries
497,984 491,686 488,114 488,114 479,590 478,455
Excluding transportation
414,495 413,827 407,338 407,338 402,175 397,595
Excluding defense
485,572 480,700 475,533 475,533 467,819 465,345
With unfilled orders
178,046 171,693 173,483 173,483 169,746 172,190
Durable goods industries
247,255 240,029 241,372 241,372 237,375 238,404
Primary metals
21,513 20,837 20,401 20,401 20,059 19,631
Iron & steel mills
10,342 9,886 9,785 9,785 9,614 9,293
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
9,850 9,663 9,236 9,236 9,095 9,003
Ferrous metal foundries
1,321 1,288 1,380 1,380 1,350 1,335
Fabricated metal products
34,288 34,271 33,204 33,204 33,265 33,311
Machinery
33,428 32,941 32,646 32,646 32,727 31,886
Construction machinery
2,455 2,169 2,204 2,204 2,301 2,298
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
1,095 1,070 1,012 1,012 1,187 1,180
Industrial machinery
2,926 2,998 2,792 2,792 3,031 2,832
Photographic equipment
534 481 459 459 485 538
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
4,015 4,076 3,863 3,863 3,735 3,629
Metalworking machinery
3,220 3,402 3,264 3,264 3,003 2,930
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
4,126 4,168 4,326 4,326 4,244 4,194
Material handling equipment
3,019 2,915 2,988 2,988 3,037 2,921
Computers & electronic products
23,895 24,105 24,015 24,015 23,931 23,459
Computers
682 659 709 709 712 729
Nondefense communications equipment
2,812 3,255 3,155 3,155 3,227 3,160
Defense communications equipment
262 242 255 255 292 244
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
4,385 4,424 4,308 4,308 4,288 4,137
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
1,577 1,453 1,535 1,535 1,585 1,608
Defense search & navigation equipment
2,547 2,564 2,645 2,645 2,615 2,575
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
9,777 9,686 9,671 9,671 9,394 9,241
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
10,422 10,018 10,390 10,390 10,299 10,158
Electric lighting equipment
1,050 1,048 1,059 1,059 1,075 1,066
Household appliances
1,516 1,527 1,508 1,508 1,544 1,586
Electrical equipment
2,769 2,596 2,746 2,746 2,749 2,647
Transportation equipment
83,489 77,859 80,776 80,776 77,415 80,860
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
29,028 28,615 28,265 28,265 28,106 27,774
Nondefense aircraft & parts
13,187 10,367 12,548 12,548 10,581 12,684
Defense aircraft & parts
3,522 2,760 3,728 3,728 3,295 3,850
Ships & boats
3,507 2,498 2,619 2,619 2,881 4,339
Furniture & related products
6,730 6,628 6,753 6,753 6,615 6,475
Nondurable goods industries
250,729 251,657 246,742 246,742 242,215 240,051




Factory Unfilled Orders
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Feb. 2018
adv.
Jan. 2018
adv.
Dec. 2017
adv.
Nov. 2017
adv.
Oct. 2017
adv.
Sep. 2017
adv.
All manufacturing industries
1,142,834 1,141,210 1,144,369 1,137,118 1,135,138 1,134,990
Excluding transportation
369,555 369,353 368,499 367,397 365,138 363,064
Excluding defense
969,023 966,739 966,756 960,510 958,018 956,198
With unfilled orders
- - - - - -
Durable goods industries
1,142,834 1,141,210 1,144,369 1,137,118 1,135,138 1,134,990
Primary metals
31,916 31,719 31,699 31,350 30,849 30,612
Iron & steel mills
16,627 16,299 16,078 15,876 15,638 15,421
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
10,922 11,035 11,181 10,992 10,809 10,825
Ferrous metal foundries
4,367 4,385 4,440 4,482 4,402 4,366
Fabricated metal products
82,651 82,512 81,644 81,310 80,859 80,261
Machinery
102,422 102,238 102,069 101,563 101,106 100,826
Construction machinery
6,051 5,857 5,970 6,127 6,143 5,923
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
5,243 5,210 5,284 5,204 5,284 5,193
Industrial machinery
8,107 8,141 8,066 8,023 8,261 8,186
Photographic equipment
1,259 1,266 1,301 1,184 1,184 1,208
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
6,874 6,729 6,618 6,276 6,163 6,085
Metalworking machinery
7,822 8,114 7,978 7,913 7,794 7,910
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
29,051 29,116 29,057 29,236 29,313 29,428
Material handling equipment
12,980 12,957 13,118 13,004 12,889 12,766
Computers & electronic products
119,731 119,997 119,884 119,949 119,467 118,617
Computers
2,036 2,010 2,005 1,971 1,951 1,920
Nondefense communications equipment
26,630 26,982 26,763 26,839 26,585 26,175
Defense communications equipment
1,688 1,677 1,687 1,691 1,673 1,620
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
12,108 12,071 11,885 11,774 11,674 11,565
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
19,017 18,942 19,010 18,809 18,803 18,801
Defense search & navigation equipment
26,007 26,178 26,497 26,818 26,901 26,930
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
32,245 32,137 32,037 32,047 31,880 31,606
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
22,326 22,309 22,811 22,801 22,538 22,370
Electric lighting equipment
1,636 1,628 1,665 1,652 1,639 1,608
Household appliances
1,209 1,160 1,145 1,183 1,193 1,176
Electrical equipment
8,302 8,321 8,422 8,361 8,282 8,153
Transportation equipment
773,279 771,857 775,870 769,721 770,000 771,926
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
24,812 24,764 24,450 24,026 23,976 23,992
Nondefense aircraft & parts
582,905 581,175 582,281 579,146 578,368 578,095
Defense aircraft & parts
70,045 70,932 72,685 71,863 72,313 73,589
Ships & boats
23,068 22,612 23,499 24,018 24,694 25,055
Furniture & related products
9,784 9,853 9,665 9,672 9,578 9,640
Nondurable goods industries
- - - - - -




Factory Total Inventories
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Feb. 2018
adv.
Jan. 2018
adv.
Dec. 2017
adv.
Nov. 2017
adv.
Oct. 2017
adv.
Sep. 2017
adv.
All manufacturing industries
675,200 672,434 669,232 665,121 661,568 645,753
Excluding transportation
542,542 540,549 538,420 534,418 530,634 529,757
Excluding defense
647,830 645,118 641,770 637,845 633,736 633,193
With unfilled orders
334,313 332,764 331,054 330,016 328,842 328,284
Durable goods industries
410,828 408,819 406,833 405,341 404,249 403,920
Primary metals
34,731 34,487 34,141 34,394 34,022 33,720
Iron & steel mills
19,507 19,493 19,088 19,161 18,982 18,871
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
13,189 12,951 13,040 13,187 13,011 12,835
Ferrous metal foundries
2,035 2,043 2,013 2,046 2,029 2,014
Fabricated metal products
51,640 51,351 51,067 50,674 50,516 50,406
Machinery
70,582 70,329 70,356 69,756 69,561 69,724
Construction machinery
5,589 5,561 5,479 5,359 5,304 5,359
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
7,645 7,776 7,846 7,777 7,856 7,690
Industrial machinery
7,898 7,787 7,790 7,766 7,684 7,937
Photographic equipment
1,374 1,353 1,462 1,401 1,375 1,382
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
5,171 5,151 5,191 5,152 5,192 5,202
Metalworking machinery
5,986 6,043 5,969 5,951 5,902 5,855
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
10,409 10,276 10,248 9,988 9,946 10,105
Material handling equipment
5,495 5,520 5,306 5,438 5,266 5,256
Computers & electronic products
45,903 45,558 45,462 45,412 45,100 45,146
Computers
1,850 1,863 1,844 1,819 1,808 1,756
Nondefense communications equipment
4,029 4,028 4,012 4,023 3,990 3,981
Defense communications equipment
583 577 578 571 558 554
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
8,038 7,879 7,994 7,928 7,955 7,969
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
3,114 3,119 3,088 3,124 3,137 3,153
Defense search & navigation equipment
3,134 3,140 3,133 3,167 3,148 3,133
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
15,015 14,942 14,882 14,723 14,622 14,627
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
18,347 18,290 18,128 17,941 17,784 17,795
Electric lighting equipment
2,266 2,249 2,247 2,236 2,209 2,188
Household appliances
2,555 2,568 2,520 2,496 2,454 2,436
Electrical equipment
5,064 5,032 4,895 4,951 4,926 4,914
Transportation equipment
132,658 131,885 130,812 130,703 130,934 130,995
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
24,908 24,983 24,790 24,486 24,426 24,670
Nondefense aircraft & parts
68,233 67,765 66,900 67,438 67,084 66,713
Defense aircraft & parts
13,199 13,184 13,414 13,355 13,426 13,224
Ships & boats
3,284 3,251 3,051 3,193 3,451 3,519
Furniture & related products
8,072 8,070 7,973 7,880 7,886 7,816
Nondurable goods industries
264,372 263,615 262,399 259,780 257,319 256,832




Factory New Orders/ Shipment
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Feb. 2018
adv.
Jan. 2018
adv.
Dec. 2017
adv.
Nov. 2017
adv.
Oct. 2017
adv.
Sep. 2017
adv.
All manufacturing industries
0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 1.00
Excluding transportation
0.99 0.99 0.98 0.99 0.99 0.99
Excluding defense
1.00 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99
With unfilled orders
1.01 0.98 1.00 1.01 1.00 1.02
Durable goods industries
0.99 0.97 0.98 0.99 0.98 0.99
Primary metals
1.01 1.00 0.99 1.02 1.01 1.00
Iron & steel mills
1.03 1.02 1.02 1.02 1.01 1.00
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
0.99 0.99 0.95 1.01 0.99 0.99
Ferrous metal foundries
0.99 0.97 1.04 1.05 1.03 1.04
Fabricated metal products
1.01 1.02 0.99 1.01 1.02 1.03
Machinery
1.00 1.01 1.00 1.01 1.01 0.99
Construction machinery
1.05 0.97 0.97 1.01 1.09 1.12
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
0.98 0.94 0.94 0.94 1.06 1.00
Industrial machinery
1.00 1.02 0.96 0.94 1.01 0.99
Photographic equipment
0.97 0.94 0.94 0.96 0.97 1.00
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
1.05 1.03 1.01 1.02 1.01 0.99
Metalworking machinery
0.93 1.05 1.00 1.05 0.96 0.93
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
0.98 1.00 1.00 0.98 0.97 0.93
Material handling equipment
1.00 0.99 1.06 1.04 1.06 1.02
Computers & electronic products
0.84 0.85 0.86 0.86 0.86 0.86
Computers
1.03 1.01 1.14 1.03 1.05 1.05
Nondefense communications equipment
0.93 1.07 1.04 1.08 1.13 1.13
Defense communications equipment
1.03 0.98 1.08 1.06 1.16 0.99
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
1.02 1.04 1.01 1.02 1.02 1.01
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
1.05 0.95 0.97 1.00 1.08 1.11
Defense search & navigation equipment
0.94 0.90 0.98 0.97 0.98 0.98
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
1.01 1.01 1.00 1.01 1.01 1.01
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
1.00 0.97 1.02 1.02 1.01 1.00
Electric lighting equipment
1.00 1.00 1.01 1.01 1.03 1.01
Household appliances
1.00 1.01 0.97 1.00 1.01 1.00
Electrical equipment
0.99 0.97 1.03 1.03 1.03 1.00
Transportation equipment
1.02 0.96 1.00 0.99 0.98 1.02
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
1.01 1.00 0.99 1.00 1.00 1.01
Nondefense aircraft & parts
1.14 0.91 1.11 1.04 0.98 1.02
Defense aircraft & parts
0.83 0.65 0.89 0.89 0.77 0.97
Ships & boats
1.08 0.78 0.83 0.84 0.93 1.45
Furniture & related products
1.01 1.01 1.01 1.01 1.00 0.99
Nondurable goods industries
1.00 1.00 0.99 1.00 1.00 1.00


Source U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division
Picture Autor: (Wolfgang Meinhart) licence GNU.


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