U.S. factory orders grew 1.1% in December, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Orders excluding transportation rose 0.6%.
Economists expected factory orders would rise 1.5% for the month.
Factory orders in November were revised to an increase of 2.2% from the 1.8% jump reported last month.
November orders excluding transportation were revised higher to a 0.5% increase from the previously reported 0.2% rise.