WASHINGTON — Companies in the United States are beginning to empty their deep pockets and boost capital spending as they look past the specter of sequestration and global growth risks.
Orders for capital goods excluding aircraft and military equipment — an indicator of future business investment — increased 1.5 percent in May, a third consecutive advance and the longest streak since October 2011. Chief executive officers are more optimistic about the economy, based on the Business Roundtable’s quarterly outlook index, which rose to 84.3 in the second quarter, the highest in a year.
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