US orders for core capital goods up 1.7 percent - Article Photos 1/2

Sales Associate Lucas Goller cleans appliances on display at Orville's Home Appliances store in Amherst, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. U.S. companies in October increased their orders of machinery and equipment that signal investment plans by the largest amount in five months, a hopeful sign for future economic growth. (AP Photo/David Duprey)