Core US Factory Orders Unexpectedly Shrank In April - Weakest Since COVID

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Jun 05, 2023 - 02:20 PM

It really should not have been a surprise - given the weakness in Manufacturing PMIs - but headline and core US factory orders disappointed in April (today's latest data).

The headline factory orders rose just 0.4% MoM (half the 0.8% MoM expected) and worse still, the March data was revised form from +0.9% to +0.6% MoM.

Source: Bloomberg

That left the annual growth in new orders at just 0.2% - the weakest since Oct 2020.

Core factory orders (ex-transports) was even worse, dropping 0.2% MoM (+0.2% MoM exp) - the third straight monthly decline...

Source: Bloomberg

This left core factory orders down 2.2% YoY - the biggest drag since the COVID lockdowns.

How long can the manufacturing side of the economy continue to collapse before the Services side catches down?