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Durable goods post strong increases in July, June

WASHINGTON — Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods turned in a second consecutive strong monthly performance in July, a far bigger-than-expected gain led by a huge jump in demand for commercial aircraft. The Commerce Department said today that orders for durable goods rose 1.3 percent last month, far above the slight 0.1 percent increase economists had been expecting. For the full story visit www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-economy28-2008aug28,0,6259206.story

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