July Durable Goods Orders Rise More Than Expected
Orders for durable goods -- big-ticket items bought by businesses and consumers, from aircraft and refrigerators -- rose 4.9 percent in July, beating forecasts. It's the biggest rise since July 2007.
The figures were goosed by vehicles purchased under the government-subsidized cash-for-clunkers program, the Commerce Department said.
Forecasters expected a 3 percent gain in orders in July.
If you remove autos, orders for durable goods rose .8 percent, slightly less than expectations.
-- Frank Ahrens
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