WASHINGTON — Durable goods orders increased 2.5% in March, exceeding economists’ forecasts, as orders for nonmilitary capital goods, excluding aircraft, increased by the largest amount in four months, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

February’s durable goods orders figure was revised to a 0.7% increase from a 0.9% decline reported last month. For the first quarter ending in March, durable goods jumped 7.0%.

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