New orders for manufactured durable goods in February decreased $4.2 billion or 1.6% to $250.6 billion, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced. This decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, followed a 0.1% January increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.1%. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 1.9%. Transportation equipment, also down following three consecutive monthly increases, drove the decrease, $4.3 billion or 4.8% to $86.0 billion.