WASHINGTON — New orders for manufactured goods fell $7.1 billion or 1.5% to $460.5 billion in March, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

The March decrease followed a downwardly revised increase of 1.1% in February, originally reported as a 1.3% gain. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters predicted the 1.5% drop. It was the largest drop since a 3.0% fall in March 2009.

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