U.S. factory orders rise slightly in March

Washington • Orders to U.S. factories turned in the weakest performance in four months, although a key category that tracks business investment showed more strength. Factory orders edged up just 0.2 percent in March, a significant slowdown from February’s gain of 1.2 percent. It was also the poorest showing since orders fell 2.3 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Despite the overall decline, a key category that tracks business investment rebounded to a 0.5 percent ga...

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