You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Aircraft orders rise, not much else

Orders for durable good rose in September, but they were mostly for airplanes. Other categories suffered.

Toby Talbot/Associated Press/File 2013

Orders for durable good rose in September, but they were mostly for airplanes. Other categories suffered.

WASHINGTON — Orders to US factories rose in September on a big jump in commercial aircraft demand. But businesses cut back sharply on machinery and other goods that signal their confidence to expand, signs of slower economic growth.

The Commerce Department said Monday that factory orders increased 1.7 percent in September from August. That followed a 0.1 percent decline in August and a 2.8 percent slide in July.

Continue reading below

The September gain was driven by a 57.7 percent jump in demand for aircraft.

But so-called core capital goods, which include machinery and electronics, fell 1.3 percent in September.

The decline suggests businesses may have been worried about the economy before the 16-day partial US government shutdown.

Core capital goods are viewed as a better gauge of companies’ plans to invest because they exclude more volatile orders for aircraft and defense equipment.

The decline was the second in three months and points to weaker activity at factories in the July-September quarter.

Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, increased 3.8 percent in September, largely on the airplane gains.

Demand for nondurable goods, such as chemicals, paper, and food, edged down 0.2 percent.

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
or
Please enter a valid email
BostonGlobe.com will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com