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Factory Orders Level Out.

Machine-tool-using industries in America saw a very slight slip in overall orders placed for their goods during February. The six 2-digit-level Standard Industrial Classifications that make up the metalworking marketplace booked $176.7-billion, down less than one percent from the $177.3-billion for January, which in turn was well below a December that saw a large spurt in aerospace orders.

Year-to-date orders, however, are 7.6% behind combined January and February levels for 2000.

A preliminary report on March orders shows a 21% increase for transportation industries, led by shipbuilding and tanks. Decreases are expected in electronic components and industrial machinery.
Metalworking Manufacturers' New Orders

U.S. $-Millions, Seasonally Adjusted

Industry Group, SIC Feb. Jan. Dec.

Fabricated metal pdts, 34 18,925 19,646 19,893
Industrial machinery, 35 42,229 43,578 42,012
 Engines & turbines, 351 3,431 3,344 3,461
 Metalworking mach'y, 354 3,692 3,722 3,225
 Computers & office mach., 357 13,887 14,508 14,040
Electr. machinery, 36 38,910 37,040 40,546
 Transmission equip., 361 3,914 3,926 4,222
 Communications, 366 9,814 11,080 9,953
 Electronic components, 367 16,815 14,090 18,232
Transportation, 37 41,672 42,219 55,733
 Aerospace, 372 11,603 11,563 22,640
Instruments, 38 15,811 15,473 15,330
 Medical instruments, 384 4,972 4,783 4,679
Miscellaneous, 39 19,113 19,352 19,730
Metalworking total 176,660 177,308 193,244

Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 301-457-4804

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