WASHINGTON — New orders for manufactured goods fell $2.9 billion, or 0.6%, to $466.0 billion in April, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

The April decrease, the third in four months, followed a revised decline of 2.1% in March, originally reported as a 1.5% slip. The decrease in orders was in sharp contrast to the median 0.2% gain predicted by economists polled by Thomson Reuters.

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