New orders for manufactured durable goods in November increased $1.9 billion or 0.8% to $250.8 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. This increase, up following two consecutive monthly decreases, followed a 4.3% October decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.3%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 0.1%. Transportation equipment, up three of the last four months, drove the increase, $2.5 billion or 2.9% to $87.0 billion.