September showed a slight increase in the orders for durable goods-somewhere near 0.2%. One reason is the recent demand for communications equipment. Durable goods include things like cars, regfrigerators, and washing machines. Demand for such items is usually more volatile than non-durable goods because consumers can choose to pay for repairs and maintenance rather than buying a new unit if the economy is poor and income is l0w.
This rise in demand could be a sign that the economy is improving as more people have an increase in income which allows them to buy more instead of postponing purchases and maintaing their existing units.
However, the demand for such things has been see-sawing over the last year. June and July posted a rise after a big decrease in April and May. We'll have to see if the rise will continue. Surely the Presidential candidates are paying close attention to this.