Figures released by the United States Department of Commerce today show demand for durable goods fell in June.
Sales of US manufactured durable goods fell by 2.1 per cent from May. The category covers products designed to last longer than three years, such as washing machines, fridges, freezers and computers. The actual figure was a long way off the 0.5 per cent increase that analysts had predicted.
According to a report by news agency AFP, orders dropped to their lowest level since February.
The figures suggest that more people have decided to adopt a 'make do and mend' attitude and chosen to organise appliance repairs rather than go to the shops and spend money on new goods.
The figure, which is set against a 1.9 per cent increase in May, is said to have been "sharply affected" by transportation and defence orders.