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Durable Goods Orders Increase by Most in Two Years

Orders for durable goods rose last month by the largest amount in two years, as the manufacturing sector rebounded from the depths of the recession. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for goods expected to last at least three years increased 4.9 percent in July, the third rise in the past four months. Analysts expected a 3 percent increase. Orders for June were revised up to a 1.3 percent drop, from a 2.2 percent decline. Orders for transportation equipment, which rose 18.4 percent, drove the overall increase in durable goods.

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