By Sarah Chaney and Sharon Nunn
WASHINGTON--Orders for U.S. manufactured goods fell 2.1% to a seasonally adjusted $502.68 billion in October, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Here are the report's key points:
---Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected a 2.0% decrease from the prior month.
---Excluding transportation, factory orders were up 0.3% in October from the previous month.
---Orders were down 0.4% on the month when excluding defense products, another sector that can skew headline figures.
---New orders for durable goods fell 4.3% from September.
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December 06, 2018 10:15 ET (15:15 GMT)
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