The headline factory orders rose just 0.4% MoM (half the 0.8% MoM expected) and worse still, the March data was revised form from +0.9% to +0.6% MoM.
That left the annual growth in new orders at just 0.2% - the weakest since Oct 2020.
Core factory orders (ex-transports) was even worse, dropping 0.2% MoM (+0.2% MoM exp) - the third straight monthly decline...
This left core factory orders down 2.2% YoY - the biggest drag since the COVID lockdowns.
How long can the manufacturing side of the economy continue to collapse before the Services side catches down?