New orders for durable goods fell in May on a plunge in aircraft orders.
Total durable goods orders slid 1.1% to $228.2 billion, down from an adjusted $230.7 billion in April, according to a monthly report from the US Commerce Department. It was the second consecutive monthly decline.
Orders for commercial aircraft and parts nosedived 12% to $9.8 billion last month compared with $11.1 billion in April. That also marked the second straight monthly decline for that category.
The picture for defense aircraft and parts orders was even worse. Such orders declined 31% to $3.7 billion from $5.4 billion in April.
The transportation equipment category fell to $75.4 billion in May, a 3.4% decline from the month before. That was the second consecutive monthly fall for transportation. The sector was helped by a 1.2% monthly gain for motorized vehicle and parts to $54.4 billion.
Excluding transportation, durable goods orders fell only 0.1%, according to the department. Excluding defense, new orders declined 0.6%.
Among other categories, new orders for machinery rose 0.6% to almost $31 billion in May; orders for fabricated metal products fell 0.2% to $31.8 billion; and orders for primary metals increased 0.3% to $19.3 billion.