New orders for major US warehouses fell unexpectedly in February, and shipments were unchanged, but data for January was revised slightly higher.
The Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday told about non-aircraft non-aircraft directives, a closely monitored proxy for business spending plans, declined by 0.1 percent, reduced by the decline in demand for machinery and computers and electronic products.
Data for January was slightly revised to show that these so-called Tier 1 capital assets increased 0.9 percent instead of Rising 0.8 percent as previously reported.
Economists who were asked by Reuters had forecasts of Tier 1[ads1] capital, unchanged in February. Orders with main capital goods increased by 2.6 per cent on an annual basis.
Shipments of Tier 1 capital goods remained unchanged in February following an upward revision of 1.0 per cent last month. Core capital goods are sent for calculation of equipment expenses in the central government's gross domestic product measurement.
They were previously reported to have achieved 0.8 percent in January. The February report was delayed by a 35-day partial closure of the federal government that closed on January 25. The March report will be published on April 25 as planned.
The report Tuesday came on the heels of mixed February retail sales and construction expenditure reports, as well as January inventory data, which increased the GDP forecasts for the first quarter.
Growth estimates for the first quarter range from as low as a 1.2 percent annual interest rate to as high as 2.1 percent pace. The increase increased by 2.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, with growth in corporate expenses on the equipment accelerated.
The economy loses momentum as the stimulus from a $ 1.5 billion tax is reduced. A trade war between the United States and China, which reduces global economies and uncertainty over the UK's exit from the EU, is another factor that also causes damage.
In February, orders for machines went down 0.3 percent after increasing 2.0 percent in January. Energy companies have reduced oil rigs operating, despite the decline in oil prices, to focus on increasing earnings.
Orders for computers and electronic products fell 0.3 percent. Orders for electrical equipment, appliances and components rose 1.0 percent in February after increasing 1.3 percent last month
There were also orders for primary metals and metal products in February.
Total orders for durable goods, items ranging from toasters to planes that are supposed to last three years or more, tumbled 1.6 percent in February. This reflected a decline in demand for transport equipment of 4.8 per cent. Lasting goods orders reached 0.1 percent in January.
Orders for motor vehicles and parts doubled 0.1 percent in February. Orders for non-prudent aircraft drove 31.1 percent after increasing 9.2 percent in January.
Boeing reported on his website that it had received only five airline bookings in February compared to 46 in January.
The fewer orders are probably not related to the Ethiopian Airlines crash in early March, which led to the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.