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March 5, 2012 10:10 AM, EST

Factory Orders Fall in January

Factory orders decreased 1% in January, the first decline in three months, the Commerce Department reported.

The downturn followed a revised 1.4% gain in December that was higher than originally reported.

The January decline was lower than economists’ median forecast of a 1.5% decrease, Bloomberg reported.

Capital goods orders excluding aircraft and military orders, a measure of future business investment, dropped 3.9%.

The trucking industry relies on factory orders and shipments for much of its business.