Manufacturers recovering as service industry continues to suffer

Nov 25, 2020
Orders for big-ticket items are a rare economic bright spot. But many businesses that rely on in-person customers are hurting.
Workers manufacture face shields in New York. Demand is healthy for medical and cleaning supplies.
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Is the economy in a V-shaped recovery?

Aug 26, 2020
Strong sales of big-ticket items like cars and business machinery are a positive sign, but they're just one part of a much bigger equation.
A car salesman talks to customers at a New York dealership in June. Durable goods orders rose in July, led by a surge in demand for cars.
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Businesses are cutting back their investments

Jan 28, 2020
Capital goods orders in December dropped the most in eight months.
Durable goods, like washing machines, were up in December. But business investment in capital goods is not doing so well.
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Durable goods slump in April

May 24, 2019
Orders for autos, metals and business machinery were all down.
A customer shops for washers and dryers at Lowe's in Burbank, Calif.
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Factory orders mixed with a dash of anxiety

Dec 5, 2018
Business orders for factory goods are not quite so robust as earlier this year, and that may show up in the numbers this month. But what’s not slowing down is consumer demand for manufactured stuff.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Consumer spending surged in April. Why?

May 31, 2016
Is it pent-up demand or confidence in the economy? Either way, it's surprising.
A Toys'R'Us store in Miami, Florida, 2010. 
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Here's why we care about durable goods

May 26, 2015
Think of it as an optimism indicator.

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What goes into the 'durable goods index'

Jan 27, 2015
Long-lasting goods are one way to measure health of U.S. manufacturing sector.

Here's why the durable goods number is soaring

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Aug 26, 2014
Today's great durable goods number doesn't necessarily mean that all is well.

PODCAST: Facebook buys Oculus, and its headaches

Mar 26, 2014
Orders for durable goods are up. And, the first time in more than a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef.