FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Orders of goods meant to last longer than three years pointed up sharply in the United States, posting the second consecutive increase in December, according to data released by the US Census Bureau.

Durable goods orders rose 5.2% in December to $226.6 billion, following an upwardly revised 0.5% increase in November, previously estimated 0.1%.

Decembers increase has been widespread among sectors, since excluding transportation, orders for all the other items rose 2.6%; excluding defence, new orders rose 2.9%. Orders for non-defence capital goods increased 5.4% while orders for defence capital goods rose 5.2%.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods edged down 0.1% following a 0.2% decrease in November, while unfilled orders increased 2.5%, above Novembers 1.2% rise.