with reports like these, there's no doubting a pretty severe recession is already afoot.
August durable goods orders slipped 4.5%, which is worse than the 1.9% decline that was widely expected. Prior month orders were downwardly revised to reflect a 0.8% increase. Excluding transportation, orders were down 3.0%. Economists were expecting a 0.5% decline after the downwardly revised 0.1% increase in the preceding month. Initial jobless claims for the week ending September 20 totaled 493,000, up 32,000 week-over-week. The latest results were worse than the 450,000 claims that were expected.