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Durable-goods orders and business investments rise more slowly. Is the U.S. economy softening?

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The numbers: Orders at U.S. factories for long-lasting goods such as machinery and electronics rose 0.4% in April, signaling the economy was still growing at a steady pace in the early spring. The increase in durable-goods orders in April was the second weakest reading in seven months. Economists polled by the […]