Excluding transportation, new orders increased 2.0 percent. Excluding defense, new orders increased 1.8 percent.
Transportation equipment, also up two consecutive months, led the increase, $2.8 billion or 4.0 percent to $74.1 billion.
Shipments of manufactured durable goods, up two consecutive months, increased 1.1 percent. This followed a 1.0 percent February increase.
Nondefense new orders for capital goods rose 7.1 percent.