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Business Optimism Surges in the US: Durable Goods Orders and Consumer Confidence Remain Stable

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Outlook brightens for US manufacturing industry

In the United States, there was a significant increase in orders for durable goods in February, indicating an improvement in business investment in equipment. Despite facing challenges due to rising interest rates and their impact on demand for goods, the manufacturing sector is showing optimism for growth with expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut rates this year. This sector, which accounts for 10.3 percent of the economy, plays a crucial role in integrating the Mexican economy with the US economy.

According to the latest report from the Census Bureau, orders for durable goods increased by 1.4 percent last month, driven by transportation equipment and machinery. The data for January was revised downward to show a 6.9 percent drop in orders instead of the previously reported 6.2 percent. Economists had anticipated a 1.1 percent rise in durable goods orders, indicating better-than-expected performance in February. Additionally, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft saw a 0.7 percent increase after a 0.4 percent decline in the previous month, which is a key measure of corporate spending plans.

On another front, US consumer confidence remained stable in March, with concerns about a recession overshadowed by worries about the political environment leading up to the presidential election in November. The Conference Board reported that the consumer confidence index stayed nearly unchanged at 104.7 this month, slightly down from a revised figure of 104.8 in February despite some uncertainties among consumers during this period.

Overall, while there are some challenges faced by various sectors of the economy due to external factors such as rising interest rates and political instability, optimism remains among businesses and consumers alike about growth prospects this year and beyond.

By Samantha Nguyen

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