Factory orders for U.S. manufactured goods dropped by $7.2 billion in the month to $489.2 billion.
Excluding transportation orders, fresh business for factories rose 0.2 percent, with orders for durable goods down 4.2 percent to $230 billion and orders for non-durable goods up 1.1 percent to $259.2 billion.
After four consecutive monthly increases, shipments of durable goods -- items expected to last three years -- fell 1.7 percent to $233.5 billion. Shipments of non-durable goods, up two consecutive months, rose 1.1 percent to $259.2 billion.
The biggest gain in non-durable shipments came from petroleum and coal products, which rose by $2 billion or 2.7 percent to $73.8 billion.
Inventories for durable goods, hitting the highest level since 1992, rose 0.8 percent to $387.9 billion, while inventories of non-durable items fell 0.1 percent to $248.7 billion.