Economic EventFactory Orders
UnitsPercentage Change from Previous Period
Current PeriodAug 2012
Release DateOct. 04. 12
Consensus for Current Period-4.5
Number of Forecasts28
Economic Surprise-0.7 ( -15.56 % )
Prior PeriodJul 2012
Reported Value for Prior Period2.6
Revised From2.8
Next Release DateNov. 02. 12
Next Release Time10:00 AM Eastern Time
DescriptionFactory orders consist of the earlier announced durable goods report plus non-durable goods orders. Nondurables consist of such items as food and tobacco products which grow at a fairly consistent monthly rate, so that market forecasts for this report are far more accurate than for the durable orders report. In addition to seeing nondurables for the first time, the market also watches for revisions to the durable orders data, which can be significant. Though the inventory figure is not a market-mover, economists use this number to help forecast inventories in the quarterly GDP report.
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