Durable goods orders jumped 3.0% in January to $175.7 billion, far surpassing economists’ expectations in the second straight monthly increase, data released yesterday by the Commerce Department showed.

The jump appeared to be driven by a sharp 15.6% rise in new orders for transportation equipment, which rose to $44.76 billion, as well as a 126.0% spike in new orders for nonmilitary aircraft and parts, which rose to $7.08 billion.

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