US big-ticket factory orders up 1.2% in February

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by a solid amount in February. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio/file)
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WASHINGTON (AP) Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by a solid amount in February, but the gain came before the coronavirus had shut down much of the country.

The Commerce Department said durable goods orders rose 1.2% last month, rebounding from January when orders had shown a tiny 0.1% gain.