WASHINGTON - U.S. factory orders for durable goods in November posted the largest increase in four months as demand rose for electrical and communications equipment and metals, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Orders for durable goods rose 1.2% last month, to $204.9 billion, after falling a revised 0.9% in October. Excluding aircraft and other transportation equipment, durable goods orders rose 2.2% last month after a 1.4% drop in October. Both increases were the largest since July.

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