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August factory orders +2.3%, slightly above.>

US DATA: August factory orders +2.3%, slightly above the +2.2% exp, 
with durable goods orders revised down slightly to +4.4%, nondurable 
goods orders +0.2% on gains in beverages and paper products. 
- Excluding +13.1% transportation orders, factory orders would have been 
+0.1%. Durables ex. trans. were unrevised from +0.1% in the advanced 
- Nondefense capital goods new orders +7.2%, but -0.9% ex aircraft.    
- Total factory shipments were +0.5% in August, with nondefense capital 
goods shipments +2.7%, but -0.2% ex aircraft.
- Factory inventories -0.1%, so combined with the advance estimates of 
+0.8% for wholesale inventories and +0.7% for retail inventories, this 
would result in +0.5% for business inventories.

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