New orders for manufactured durable goods in October increased $1.5 billion or 0.6% to $248.7 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. This increase, up four of the last five months, followed a 1.4% September decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.6%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.1%. Fabricated metal products, up two of the last three months, led the increase, $0.6 billion or 1.8% to $34.1 billion.