New orders for computers and related products fell 2.3% during the same period. August shipments totaled $7.67 billion, and new orders were valued at $7.96 billion. Computers and related products-a category that includes computer storage devices and peripheral gear such as printers-suffered a worse downturn than the overall manufacturing sector. In general, new orders for manufactured durable goods fell 0.9% in August, to $173.3 billion, while shipments fell 2.9% to $176.3 billion, the Commerce Department said.
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