By Tim Ahmann WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - New orders for expensive U.S. factory goods dropped unexpectedly in January while claims for jobless aid rose a bit last week, according to government reports on Thursday that offered mixed economic news. Orders for durable goods -- items meant to last three years or more -- slid 1.8 percent last month after an upwardly revised gain of 1.6 percent in December, the Commerce Department said. Demand for cars and aircraft fell sharply. Excluding ...
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