New orders for manufactured durable goods in September increased $2.0B or 0.8% to $262.1 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. This increase, up three of the last four months, followed a 4.6% August increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 0.6%. Transportation equipment, also up three of the last four months, led the increase, $1.8 billion or 1.9% to $97.4 billion.