New orders for manufactured durable goods in September increased $5.1 billion or 2.2% to $238.7 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. Economists polled were predicting an increase of 1.0% for the month. This 2.2% figure, up three of the last four months, followed a 2.0% August increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.7%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 2.0%. Shipments of manufactured durable goods in September, up four of the last five months, increased $2.4 billion or 1.0% to $240.5 billion.