Orders to U.S. manufacturers for big-ticket goods fell in September-the first drop in three months and a sign that factory activity may be cooling, Commerce Department figures showed Wednesday.

Orders fell 0.6%, to $185.73 billion, after rising a revised 2.8% in August, to a record $186.81 billion. In its Oct. 2 report on August durable goods, the government reported, before the revision, that orders had risen 2.7%.

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