U.S. factory-orders data disappoint; jobs index turns negative

02/4/2013 | Bloomberg

December's increase in orders to U.S. factories came in under forecasts at 1.8%, and November's figure was revised downward to a 0.3% decline by the Commerce Department. Separately, the Conference Board's Employment Trends Index for January decreased for the first time in four months. Analysts said, however, that the latest figures remain consistent with a continued moderate economic expansion.

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