New orders for manufactured durable goods in August increased $1.0 billion or 0.4% to $232.8 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. This increase, up four consecutive months, followed an 11.7% July increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.7%. Machinery, also up four consecutive months, led the increase, $0.5 billion or 1.5% to $31.2 billion.