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New Orders up 1.29 % in December

U.S. Factory Orders Economic Indicators



Factory orders continued to grow, excluding defense, booking grew even faster 1.56 %. That category excludes defense and gives a better indication of longer-term trends in the private sector.Orders for U.S.-made products increased in December on the seasonally adjusted basis by 1.29 % to $494 billions, an increase of $6.3 billions from $487 in November, reported by the Commerce Department. Manufacturers faced increasing orders across many sectors including, primary metals, fabricated metal products, machinery, computers and related products.
These data represent an encouraging confirmation that the growth in manufacturing activity is continuing. Factory orders fell by -1.33 % from Dec. 2019, and shipments by -0.47 %.



Another category of orders closely watched by economists, known as excluding defense and transportation, orders have climbed and accelerated by 1.56 % on the seasonally adjusted basis and inventories by 1.56 % %. Excluding defense and transportation rose by 0.61 %, but inventories fell by -2.06 % over the past 12 months.

total manufacturing shipments increased in December on the seasonally adjusted basis by 1.80 % to $502 billions, an increase of $9 billions from $493 in November, reported by the Commerce Department. Shipments excluding transportation grew by 1.50 %.


Factory Orders (Picture Autor: Wolfgang Meinhart) licence GNU

Durable Goods New Orders
Primary Metals New Orders
Machinery New Orders
Transp. Equip. New Orders
0.80% 0.01% 1.42% 1.23% 3.56% 4.51% -0.87% -6.70%
M/M
Y/Y
M/M
Y/Y
M/M
Y/Y
M/M
Y/Y

Inventories remained unchanged in December on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the U.S. Commerce Department. Inventory to shipments ratio fell to 1.37 from 1.39 in the previous month.

Unfilled orders have increased on the same pace like in previous month, unfilled orders remained unchanged on the seasonally adjusted basis, as shipments for aircrafts and parts grew 46.54 % to $ billions. total factory inventories dropped by -7.23 % from Dec. 2019.



   
New Orders / Shipments Ratio Inventory / Shipments Ratio
Total New orders / shipments ratio for all manufacturing industries was 0.98. Excluding transportation new orders / shipments ratio was 1.00. Excluding defense new orders / shipments ratio was 0.99 . 
Inventory / shipments ratio for all manufacturing industries was 1.37. Excluding transportation Inventory / shipments ratio was 1.29. Excluding defense Inventory / shipments ratio was 1.36.
 




Factory Shipments
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Dec. 2020
adv.
Nov. 2020
adv.
Oct. 2020
adv.
Sep. 2020
adv.
Aug. 2020
adv.
July 2020
rest.
All manufacturing industries
501,815 492,931 488,600 482,818 481,280 479,889
Excluding transportation
416,695 410,531 406,885 400,819 399,632 396,792
Excluding defense
487,393 477,796 474,152 469,086 467,401 465,923
With unfilled orders
170,508 167,791 168,174 163,279 163,505 162,074
Durable goods industries
254,672 250,130 248,762 245,224 244,332 244,876
Primary metals
19,719 19,152 18,750 18,270 18,345 18,119
Iron & steel mills
10,188 9,834 9,566 9,263 9,164 9,187
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
8,339 8,131 7,972 7,885 7,938 7,692
Ferrous metal foundries
1,192 1,187 1,212 1,122 1,243 1,240
Fabricated metal products
31,393 30,987 30,864 30,086 30,061 30,187
Machinery
31,979 31,651 31,475 30,875 31,068 30,548
Construction machinery
2,720 2,756 2,645 2,526 2,609 2,584
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
1,054 1,097 1,097 1,054 1,064 1,087
Industrial machinery
3,319 3,199 3,153 3,170 3,207 3,098
Photographic equipment
584 564 559 577 586 587
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
3,800 3,951 4,031 3,920 4,022 4,041
Metalworking machinery
2,446 2,525 2,509 2,443 2,465 2,415
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
4,316 3,927 3,844 3,803 3,820 3,687
Material handling equipment
2,849 2,758 2,747 2,711 2,652 2,591
Computers & electronic products
30,838 30,666 31,078 30,274 29,762 29,778
Computers
563 590 586 570 554 556
Nondefense communications equipment
4,208 4,086 4,391 3,970 3,860 3,797
Defense communications equipment
267 283 276 277 293 275
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
4,460 4,539 4,449 4,368 4,342 4,369
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
1,515 1,531 1,551 1,494 1,513 1,523
Defense search & navigation equipment
3,005 3,004 3,072 3,039 2,962 3,061
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
9,469 9,335 9,414 9,201 9,083 8,905
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
10,886 10,886 11,009 10,516 10,575 10,602
Electric lighting equipment
962 951 950 980 969 978
Household appliances
2,058 2,119 2,242 1,921 2,048 2,084
Electrical equipment
2,934 2,789 2,878 2,857 2,868 2,874
Transportation equipment
85,120 82,400 81,715 81,999 81,648 83,097
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
29,308 29,415 28,922 28,885 28,593 29,155
Nondefense aircraft & parts
6,266 4,276 6,311 4,978 5,331 3,947
Defense aircraft & parts
3,615 4,235 4,206 3,745 4,124 4,275
Ships & boats
2,677 2,749 2,651 2,704 2,736 2,613
Furniture & related products
6,618 6,548 6,611 6,506 6,565 6,664
Nondurable goods industries
247,143 242,801 239,838 237,594 236,948 235,013




Factory New Orders
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Dec. 2020
adv.
Nov. 2020
adv.
Oct. 2020
adv.
Sep. 2020
adv.
Aug. 2020
adv.
July 2020
rest.
All manufacturing industries
493,548 487,240 480,816 474,974 470,135 466,927
Excluding transportation
415,253 408,261 403,558 398,143 395,335 392,448
Excluding defense
480,589 473,206 467,089 463,551 455,056 451,279
With unfilled orders
167,509 167,215 165,564 160,745 157,327 154,253
Durable goods industries
246,405 244,439 240,978 237,380 233,187 231,914
Primary metals
20,003 19,722 19,442 19,266 18,482 18,189
Iron & steel mills
10,243 10,152 10,168 10,086 9,258 9,195
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
8,554 8,263 8,002 8,020 7,986 7,632
Ferrous metal foundries
1,206 1,307 1,272 1,160 1,238 1,362
Fabricated metal products
32,381 31,750 31,861 30,790 30,114 30,491
Machinery
33,395 32,248 31,683 31,464 31,227 30,761
Construction machinery
3,037 2,890 2,676 2,610 2,679 2,644
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
1,262 1,122 1,087 1,174 1,090 1,049
Industrial machinery
3,327 3,157 3,059 3,124 3,196 3,068
Photographic equipment
564 553 528 537 559 540
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
3,920 4,012 3,945 3,975 4,157 4,192
Metalworking machinery
2,797 2,540 2,517 2,545 2,478 2,487
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
4,150 3,813 3,794 3,865 3,677 3,740
Material handling equipment
2,908 2,860 2,922 2,757 2,704 2,565
Computers & electronic products
26,270 26,208 25,998 25,013 24,884 24,577
Computers
617 623 593 591 536 545
Nondefense communications equipment
4,376 4,401 4,378 3,994 3,981 3,829
Defense communications equipment
354 374 246 260 263 257
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
4,606 4,590 4,456 4,378 4,209 4,198
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
1,742 1,638 1,661 1,554 1,662 1,662
Defense search & navigation equipment
2,975 3,018 3,024 2,945 2,935 3,005
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
9,517 9,381 9,475 9,246 9,110 8,930
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
11,318 11,119 10,879 10,790 10,757 10,840
Electric lighting equipment
1,018 953 940 983 943 983
Household appliances
2,232 2,246 2,174 2,002 2,156 2,225
Electrical equipment
2,929 2,768 2,886 2,864 2,922 2,901
Transportation equipment
78,295 78,979 77,258 76,831 74,800 74,479
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
29,367 29,629 28,912 28,947 28,701 29,043
Nondefense aircraft & parts
1,145 2,291 2,639 1,799 -2,784 -5,970
Defense aircraft & parts
2,857 3,266 2,957 2,143 4,325 4,616
Ships & boats
2,857 2,392 2,644 2,776 3,188 3,724
Furniture & related products
6,630 6,588 6,610 6,590 6,617 6,692
Nondurable goods industries
247,143 242,801 239,838 237,594 236,948 235,013




Factory Unfilled Orders
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Dec. 2020
adv.
Nov. 2020
adv.
Oct. 2020
adv.
Sep. 2020
adv.
Aug. 2020
adv.
July 2020
rest.
All manufacturing industries
1,073,292 1,073,292 1,073,292 1,075,897 1,078,631 1,084,809
Excluding transportation
356,205 356,205 356,205 353,896 350,578 349,908
Excluding defense
855,172 855,172 855,172 856,644 856,508 863,886
With unfilled orders
- - - - - -
Durable goods industries
1,073,292 1,073,292 1,073,292 1,075,897 1,078,631 1,084,809
Primary metals
32,524 32,524 32,524 31,826 30,791 30,654
Iron & steel mills
14,293 14,293 14,293 13,691 12,873 12,779
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
12,666 12,666 12,666 12,639 12,462 12,414
Ferrous metal foundries
5,565 5,565 5,565 5,496 5,456 5,461
Fabricated metal products
75,401 75,401 75,401 74,107 73,049 72,996
Machinery
98,617 98,617 98,617 98,250 97,396 97,237
Construction machinery
5,489 5,489 5,489 5,472 5,296 5,226
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
3,850 3,850 3,850 3,860 3,665 3,639
Industrial machinery
8,452 8,452 8,452 8,504 8,586 8,597
Photographic equipment
862 862 862 900 950 977
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
7,265 7,265 7,265 7,379 7,336 7,201
Metalworking machinery
8,487 8,487 8,487 8,458 8,302 8,289
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
23,363 23,363 23,363 23,413 23,357 23,500
Material handling equipment
11,347 11,347 11,347 11,109 11,058 11,006
Computers & electronic products
118,798 118,798 118,798 118,680 118,737 118,648
Computers
1,863 1,863 1,863 1,856 1,835 1,853
Nondefense communications equipment
24,963 24,963 24,963 24,963 24,989 24,868
Defense communications equipment
623 623 623 653 668 698
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
14,455 14,455 14,455 14,437 14,390 14,523
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
22,393 22,393 22,393 22,264 22,247 22,098
Defense search & navigation equipment
30,567 30,567 30,567 30,603 30,757 30,784
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
23,934 23,934 23,934 23,904 23,851 23,824
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
22,222 22,222 22,222 22,401 22,041 21,859
Electric lighting equipment
1,646 1,646 1,646 1,655 1,654 1,680
Household appliances
2,135 2,135 2,135 2,226 2,115 2,007
Electrical equipment
8,656 8,656 8,656 8,651 8,642 8,588
Transportation equipment
717,087 717,087 717,087 722,001 728,053 734,901
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
21,207 21,207 21,207 21,225 21,129 21,021
Nondefense aircraft & parts
477,602 477,602 477,602 481,300 484,883 492,998
Defense aircraft & parts
80,620 80,620 80,620 82,360 84,279 84,078
Ships & boats
49,874 49,874 49,874 49,910 49,907 49,455
Furniture & related products
8,144 8,144 8,144 8,123 7,993 7,941
Nondurable goods industries
- - - - - -




Factory Total Inventories
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Dec. 2020
adv.
Nov. 2020
adv.
Oct. 2020
adv.
Sep. 2020
adv.
Aug. 2020
adv.
July 2020
rest.
All manufacturing industries
687,258 687,258 687,258 686,652 686,554 686,399
Excluding transportation
539,181 539,181 539,181 538,853 539,983 540,375
Excluding defense
661,608 661,608 661,608 660,932 661,077 661,107
With unfilled orders
344,713 344,713 344,713 344,953 343,237 343,741
Durable goods industries
422,460 422,460 422,460 421,799 420,390 420,990
Primary metals
33,624 33,624 33,624 33,524 33,020 33,310
Iron & steel mills
18,274 18,274 18,274 18,381 18,185 18,551
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
13,283 13,283 13,283 13,067 12,759 12,673
Ferrous metal foundries
2,067 2,067 2,067 2,076 2,076 2,086
Fabricated metal products
51,220 51,220 51,220 51,080 51,190 51,434
Machinery
68,863 68,863 68,863 69,050 69,056 69,488
Construction machinery
5,938 5,938 5,938 5,916 5,997 6,060
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
4,610 4,610 4,610 4,700 4,799 4,863
Industrial machinery
9,846 9,846 9,846 9,796 9,796 9,793
Photographic equipment
1,422 1,422 1,422 1,418 1,414 1,427
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
5,116 5,116 5,116 4,979 4,858 4,971
Metalworking machinery
5,720 5,720 5,720 5,770 5,843 5,905
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
9,017 9,017 9,017 9,280 9,259 9,295
Material handling equipment
4,707 4,707 4,707 4,762 4,746 4,798
Computers & electronic products
43,549 43,549 43,549 43,572 43,819 43,976
Computers
1,857 1,857 1,857 1,803 1,851 1,849
Nondefense communications equipment
4,609 4,609 4,609 4,660 4,572 4,576
Defense communications equipment
682 682 682 673 666 670
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
7,317 7,317 7,317 7,419 7,648 7,787
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
2,924 2,924 2,924 2,939 2,929 2,932
Defense search & navigation equipment
2,699 2,699 2,699 2,695 2,681 2,675
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
15,406 15,406 15,406 15,436 15,487 15,468
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
19,677 19,677 19,677 19,659 19,699 19,746
Electric lighting equipment
2,007 2,007 2,007 2,004 2,002 2,018
Household appliances
2,400 2,400 2,400 2,453 2,354 2,362
Electrical equipment
6,289 6,289 6,289 6,304 6,481 6,472
Transportation equipment
148,077 148,077 148,077 147,799 146,571 146,024
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
26,541 26,541 26,541 26,582 26,414 26,489
Nondefense aircraft & parts
79,151 79,151 79,151 79,247 78,066 77,726
Defense aircraft & parts
12,446 12,446 12,446 12,421 12,440 12,327
Ships & boats
4,293 4,293 4,293 4,361 4,241 4,151
Furniture & related products
7,137 7,137 7,137 7,148 7,116 7,120
Nondurable goods industries
264,798 264,798 264,798 264,853 266,164 265,409




Factory New Orders/ Shipment
(Seasonally Adjusted, in millions $)
Dec. 2020
adv.
Nov. 2020
adv.
Oct. 2020
adv.
Sep. 2020
adv.
Aug. 2020
adv.
July 2020
rest.
All manufacturing industries
0.98 0.99 0.98 0.98 0.98 0.97
Excluding transportation
1.00 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99
Excluding defense
0.99 0.99 0.99 0.99 0.97 0.97
With unfilled orders
0.98 1.00 0.98 0.98 0.96 0.95
Durable goods industries
0.97 0.98 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.95
Primary metals
1.01 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.01 1.00
Iron & steel mills
1.01 1.03 1.06 1.09 1.01 1.00
Aluminum & nonferrous metals
1.03 1.02 1.00 1.02 1.01 0.99
Ferrous metal foundries
1.01 1.10 1.05 1.03 1.00 1.10
Fabricated metal products
1.03 1.02 1.03 1.02 1.00 1.01
Machinery
1.04 1.02 1.01 1.02 1.01 1.01
Construction machinery
1.12 1.05 1.01 1.03 1.03 1.02
Mining, oil field, & gas field machinery
1.20 1.02 0.99 1.11 1.02 0.97
Industrial machinery
1.00 0.99 0.97 0.99 1.00 0.99
Photographic equipment
0.97 0.98 0.94 0.93 0.95 0.92
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, & refrigeration equipment
1.03 1.02 0.98 1.01 1.03 1.04
Metalworking machinery
1.14 1.01 1.00 1.04 1.01 1.03
Turbines, generators, & other power transmission equipment
0.96 0.97 0.99 1.02 0.96 1.01
Material handling equipment
1.02 1.04 1.06 1.02 1.02 0.99
Computers & electronic products
0.85 0.85 0.84 0.83 0.84 0.83
Computers
1.10 1.06 1.01 1.04 0.97 0.98
Nondefense communications equipment
1.04 1.08 1.00 1.01 1.03 1.01
Defense communications equipment
1.33 1.32 0.89 0.94 0.90 0.93
Semiconductors
- - - - - -
Electronic components
1.03 1.01 1.00 1.00 0.97 0.96
Nondefense search & navigation equipment
1.15 1.07 1.07 1.04 1.10 1.09
Defense search & navigation equipment
0.99 1.00 0.98 0.97 0.99 0.98
Electromedical, measuring, & control instruments
1.01 1.00 1.01 1.00 1.00 1.00
Electrical equipment, appliances, & components
1.04 1.02 0.99 1.03 1.02 1.02
Electric lighting equipment
1.06 1.00 0.99 1.00 0.97 1.01
Household appliances
1.08 1.06 0.97 1.04 1.05 1.07
Electrical equipment
1.00 0.99 1.00 1.00 1.02 1.01
Transportation equipment
0.92 0.96 0.95 0.94 0.92 0.90
Motor vehicle bodies, parts, & trailers
1.00 1.01 1.00 1.00 1.00 1.00
Nondefense aircraft & parts
0.18 0.54 0.42 0.36 -0.52 -1.51
Defense aircraft & parts
0.79 0.77 0.70 0.57 1.05 1.08
Ships & boats
1.07 0.87 1.00 1.03 1.17 1.43
Furniture & related products
1.00 1.01 1.00 1.01 1.01 1.00
Nondurable goods industries
1.00 1.00 1.00 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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