capital goods

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Related indicators: New orders for capital goods; regional manufacturing surveys from Federal Reserve banks; the employment and compensation components of the National Federation of Independent Business’s monthly survey. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "A Recession Is Coming (Eventually). Here’s Where You’ll See It First.," 28 July 2019 When excluding the transportation category, orders grew at a 0.3% pace in May. An underlying business-investment gauge, new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, increased 0.4% from April. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Boeing Just One Factor Behind Drop in Durable-Goods Orders in May," 26 June 2019 The underlying business-investment gauge, new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, declined 0.7% in December, the fourth decline since August 2018. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Business Investment Falters Amid Growing Global Economic Uncertainty," 21 Feb. 2019 The nature of the fall—which was led by demand from outside the eurozone, and for purchases of capital goods—suggests German weakness may be the reflection of a... Nina Adam, WSJ, "Trade Uncertainty Sends a Chill Through German Manufacturing," 6 Feb. 2019 The impact of the cooling Chinese economy is a particular concern: Germany, a maker of high-end cars and capital goods, is one of only a few Western economies to have cracked China as an export market. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Germany’s Sharp Slowdown Fans Fears That China Woes Are Spreading," 15 Jan. 2019 Going in the other direction, U.S. exports of food, capital goods and automobiles all declined last month. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Slowing Global Economy Weighs on U.S. Profits and Trade," 28 Nov. 2018 Orders for defense capital goods, another choppy category, increased 15.1%. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Demand for Business Equipment Cools," 27 June 2018 April orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft were revised up to a 2.3% gain. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Demand for Business Equipment Cools," 27 June 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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business : products (such as factory equipment and tools) that are used to make other products

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