capital goods

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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 Economists estimate the reading for capital goods orders rose 0.5% last month. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did real estate rise in April? Home sales reports, Fed minutes highlight week's news," 21 May 2018 Orders for defense capital goods, another choppy category, increased 3.1%. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Business Investment Rebounds in April, But Overall Durable Goods Orders Fall," 25 May 2018 Orders for civilian capital goods excluding aircraft, a number that tracks business investment, rose 1 percent in April after dropping 0.9 percent in March. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "US durable goods orders fell 1.7 percent in April," 25 May 2018 Spending on factories, equipment and other capital goods by companies in the S&P 500 is expected to have risen to $166 billion in the first quarter, up 24% from a year earlier, according to Credit Suisse data going back to 1995. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Capital Spending Boom Is No Great Boost to Capital Markets," 15 May 2018 Economists estimate core capital goods orders excluding aircraft and defense — a proxy for business investment — rose a sturdy 0.6% last month. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did the economy turn in another Q1 dud? GDP report out this week might have the answer," 23 Apr. 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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