Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hey Big Spender: Discretionary Durable Goods Orders January 2011

Today’s Durable Goods Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders report indicated that total new orders increased 2.7% from December to $200.5 billion while excluding transportation, new orders declined 3.6% to $150,092 billion.

Stripping durable goods orders of defense orders AND non-defense aircraft orders yields an effective measure of orders coming as a direct result of typical discretionary consumer durable goods spending on items such as motor vehicles, furniture, consumer electronic devices and home appliances.

Looking at the latest release, "discretionary" durable goods orders declined 2.02% since December but still remaining 9.03% above the level seen in January 2010.