WASHINGTON — Durable goods orders unexpectedly declined in December, dropping 2.5% to $191 billion, as orders for big-ticket nonmilitary aircraft sharply decreased, the Commerce Department reported Thursday morning.

Excluding transportation equipment, which can fluctuate greatly from month to month, durable goods orders grew 0.5% to $151.8 billion. Economists forecast that durable goods would rise 1.5% and orders excluding transportation would increase 0.8%, according to Thomson Reuters.

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