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WASHINGTON (AP) – Factory orders rose strongly in July on the biggest jump in demand for autos in more than eight years and a surge in commercial airplane orders. Ads by Google Refresh Your Kid's SchoolSend Your Kid Back to a RefreshedSchool Playground from Sprite®.MyCokeRewards.com/Sprite Buy Gold: Learn HowGoldline: The Only Gold CompanyGlenn Beck Recommends.Goldline.com/OfficialSite Mkx AutosGet Fuel Economy, Price & Options.Research the 2012 Lincoln MKX.www.Lincoln.com/MKX The increase suggests supply chain disruptions created by the Japan crisis are easing. The Commerce Department says factory orders climbed 2.4%, largest increase since March. Orders for motor vehicles and parts rose 9.8%, largest one-month gain since January 2003. MORE: Read the report The increase follows a decline of 0.4% in June, which stoked fears the country could fall back into a recession. Manufacturing has been one of the leading sectors since the recession officially ended two years ago. But higher energy prices and a parts shortage caused by the Japanese natural disasters slowed activity this spring. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, go to corrections.usatoday.com. Posted 18m ago | Updated 13m ago More from USATODAY Photo of Obama saluting fallen troops questioned USATODAY.com in The Oval Father accused of throwing crying son from tour boat USATODAY.com in On Deadline Starbucks will sell single-serve brew pods at retailers USATODAY.com in Money Factories, service firms see slow growth in June USATODAY.com in Money Wholesale inventories, job openings rise USATODAY.com in Money More from the web Swiss Franc Bid Higher as Economic Minister Discredits SNB Daily FX Time to Sell PotashCorp? The Motley Fool Steve Jobs' Resignation Letter The Daily Forex: Canadian Dollar Weakness Ahead, US Dollar Remains At Risk Daily FX Will Dunkin' Go the Way of Burger King or McDonald's? Entrepreneur.com [?] We've updated the Conversation Guidelines. Changes include a brief review of the moderation process and an explanation on how to use the "Report Abuse" button. Read more.