Martin Crutsinger: Factory orders drop 3.9 percent in December

February 5, 2009

Martin Crutsinger raises many interesting points about Commerce Department.

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a record fifth straight month in December, closing out the worst year for American manufacturers since 2002. Analysts say the deepening U.S. recession will mean further weakness in coming months.The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders dropped by 3.9 percent in December, an even bigger decline than the 3 percent that economists had been expectin…

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