Eco­nomic barom­e­ter

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - BUSINESS -

The Com­merce Depart­ment re­ports to­day how busi­ness or­ders for big-ticket man­u­fac­tured goods fared in Au­gust.

Durable goods or­ders to U.S. fac­to­ries jumped 4.4 per­cent in July, re­bound­ing from a com­pa­ra­ble plunge the pre­vi­ous month due to a big swing in the volatile cat­e­gory of com­mer­cial air­craft. U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ers have strug­gled this year with a strong dol­lar, which has hurt ex­ports, and a drop in en­ergy sec­tor in­vest­ment spend­ing, re­flect­ing fall­ing oil prices.

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