By Jeffrey Sparshott

Orders for long-lasting factory goods increased for the fifth consecutive month in September, the latest sign manufacturing companies are recovering from supply-chain disruptions and shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

New orders for durable goods--products designed to last at least three years--rose 1.9% in September compared with August, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

A closely watched proxy for business investment--new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft--increased by 1% last month. The measure had recovered all of its pandemic-related losses by August.

Orders for transportation equipment helped drive overall gains in September. Excluding transportation, orders were up 0.8%.

U.S. factories were hit by health concerns, supply-chain breakdowns and shutdowns early in the coronavirus crisis. But efforts to reopen the economy have helped manufacturers regain much of the ground lost in March and April.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 27, 2020 08:58 ET (12:58 GMT)

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