Factory orders climb 1.7% in September

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Factory orders jumped 1.7% in September to $490.8 billion, the Commerce Department said Monday in a release that matched a MarketWatch-compiled economist poll. The agency also revealed for the first time that August orders fell 0.1% — that release was shelved due to the government shutdown. Shipments rose 0.1% in September and rose 0.2% in August. The September rise in orders was expected after a big increase in Boeing orders, and orders excluding transportation fell 0.2%. (Updates to include ex-transportation figures.)