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VOL. 36 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 30, 2012




US factory orders rose 1.3 percent in February

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in February, as businesses bought more machinery and equipment.

The Commerce Department says orders to U.S. factories increased 1.3 percent in February following a 1.3 percent decline in January. Orders for core capital goods, a good measure of business investment plans, rose 1.7 percent — better than a preliminary estimate made last week.

U.S. factory orders have been steadily rising since the recession ended nearly three years. Orders totaled $468.4 billion in February, just 3.4 percent below the previous peak hit in 2008.

Orders rebounded in February after a January decline that followed the expiration of a tax credit on equipment purchases. Economists believe investment spending will do well even without the tax break.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 0 0
MORTGAGES 0 0 0
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 0
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 0
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 0
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0