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US plants had 1.8% drop in orders for September

For the second month in a row, orders to US factories for new manufactured goods posted a decline in September, dropping 1.8 percent, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It said September orders totaled $189 billion, $3 .6 billion below the August level. Orders fell 0.8 percent in August after rising 1.8 percent in July.

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