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Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured items edged up barely in January, however the power got here from a giant enhance within the risky plane class.
In encouraging information for future progress, a key class that tracks enterprise funding plans posted its largest acquire in six months.
The Commerce Division stated Wednesday that orders for sturdy items rose 0.four % in January, led by a 15.9 % rise in orders for industrial plane. The class that serves as a proxy for enterprise funding rose 0.eight % after two months of declines. It was the most important acquire since a 1.5 % July bump.
The weak point in enterprise funding has puzzled economists who anticipated to see power on this space as firms boosted funding spending to benefit from new tax breaks.