Factory Orders Flat in November

Washington, DC, Jan. 4, 2013 -- Factory orders were unchanged in November, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Economists had forecast a 0.3% increase. Prior to November, factory orders had increased in three of the past four months.

Orders in November were held down by a drop in transportation equipment, especially aircraft.

Orders for durable goods increased 0.8% gain in November.

Orders for capital goods excluding defense and aircraft rose 2.6% in November after a 3% gain in October.