U.S. September Factory Orders, Shipments and Inventories (Text)

Following are the details of Sept. full report on Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders from the Commerce Department.

Full Report on Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders

September 2011

Summary

New orders for manufactured goods in September, up three consecutive months, increased $1.4 billion or 0.3 percent to $453.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 0.1 percent August increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 1.3 percent.

Shipments, up four consecutive months, increased $1.3 billion or 0.3 percent to $452.7 billion. This followed a 0.1 percent August increase.

Unfilled orders, up seventeen of the last eighteen months, increased $7.5 billion or 0.9 percent to $886.3 billion. This followed a 0.9 percent August increase. The unfilled orders-to- shipments ratio was 6.10, up from 6.07 in August.

Inventories, up twenty three of the last twenty four months, increased $0.6 billion or 0.1 percent to $601.3 billion. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 0.3 percent August increase. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.33, unchanged from August.

New Orders

New orders for manufactured durable goods in September, down following two consecutive monthly increases, decreased $1.2 billion or 0.6 percent to $201.0 billion, revised from the previously published 0.8 percent decrease. This followed a 0.1 percent August increase.

Transportation equipment, also down following two consecutive monthly increases, had the largest decrease, $3.8 billion or 7.1 percent to $49.9 billion.

New orders for manufactured nondurable goods increased $2.6 billion or 1.0 percent to $252.5 billion.

Shipments

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in September, down following four consecutive monthly increases, decreased $1.3 billion or 0.6 percent to $200.2 billion, revised from the previously published 0.7 percent decrease. This followed a 0.1 percent August increase.

Transportation equipment, down two consecutive months, decreased $1.1 billion or 2.4 percent to $45.8 billion.

Shipments of manufactured nondurable goods, up four consecutive months, increased $2.6 billion or 1.0 percent to $252.5 billion. This followed a slight August increase. Petroleum and coal products, up two of the last three months, led the increase, up $2.4 billion or 3.5 percent to $72.0 billion.

Unfilled Orders

Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in September, up seventeen of the last eighteen months, increased $7.5 billion or 0.9 percent to $886.3 billion, revised from the previously published 0.8 percent increase. This followed a 0.9 percent August increase.

Transportation equipment, up nine consecutive months, had the largest increase, $4.1 billion or 0.8 percent to $512.4 billion.

Inventories

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in September, up twenty one consecutive months, increased $0.4 billion or 0.1 percent to $365.6 billion, unchanged from the previously published increase. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis and followed a 0.9 percent August increase.

Transportation equipment, also up twenty one consecutive months, had the largest increase, $0.5 billion or 0.4 percent to $112.8 billion.

Inventories of manufactured nondurable goods, up following four consecutive monthly decreases, increased $0.3 billion or 0.1 percent to $235.7 billion. This followed a 0.5 percent August decrease. Petroleum and coal products, also up following four consecutive monthly decreases, drove the increase, up $0.4 billion or 0.8 percent to $50.2 billion.

By stage of fabrication, September materials and supplies increased 0.3 percent in durable goods and decreased 1.1 percent in nondurable goods. Work in process decreased 0.4 percent in durable goods and increased 1.2 percent in nondurable goods. Finished goods increased 0.6 percent in durable goods and 0.5 percent in nondurable goods.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Department. http://www.census.gov/m3

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