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Factory orders decline 0.2% in April, snapping four-month winning streak

Factory orders dipped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department
said Monday.

That matched the Econoday consensus forecast and was the first
monthly decline after a four-month stretch of increases.
March’s 0.2% increase was revised up to a hefty 1.0% rise.

For the year to date, orders are 4.4% higher than in the same
period a year ago. Excluding transportation, which can be
volatile, orders rose 0.1% during the month, and are 5.5%
higher compared to the same period in 2016.

Activity is ticking up, but so are inventories. Stockpiles rose
a seasonally adjusted 0.1% during the month and are 2.5% higher
than a year ago.

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