Strongest 2-Month Capital Goods Orders Increase in More than 4 Years

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by: Mark J. Perry


According to data released Friday from the Department of Commerce, orders for non-defense capital-equipment goods excluding aircraft rose 1.5% in March after a 4.3% gain in February. Such core capital-goods orders are considered the best gauge of capital spending by businesses, and are also considered a leading economic indicator. The two-month increase of 5.8% in new orders for capital goods was the strongest two-month gain in more than four years, since the 6.5% two-month increase for December 2004 and January 2005.

Thanks to Larry Kudlow for the alert on this.