WASHINGTON — New orders for manufactured goods fell $24.9 billion or 5.2% to $452.8 billion in August, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

The decline followed a revised increase of 2.6% in July, originally reported as a 2.8% gain. The slide was near the median 5.9% drop predicted by economists polled by Thomson Reuters. The August decrease was the largest since a 6.6% decline in January 2009.

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