New orders for manufactured durable goods in May increased $26.6 billion or 15.8% to $194.4 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. This increase, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, followed an 18.1% April decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 4.0%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 15.5%. Transportation equipment, also up following two consecutive monthly decreases, led the increase, $20.9 billion or 80.7% to $46.9 billion.