WASHINGTON — Higher demand for autos, airplanes and military wares boosted orders for long-lasting goods in April, but bookings also rose in most other industries in a positive sign for U.S. manufacturers.
Orders for durable goods climbed 3.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted $222.6 billion after a revised 5.9 percent drop in March, the Commerce Department said Friday.
Orders rose most sharply in the commercial-airline segment, up 18.1 percent in April. Boeing received orders for 51 jets last month, up from 39 in March.
Orders for new cars and trucks also rebounded for a 1.9 percent increase after a soft 0.5 percent gain in March.