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Dun & Bradstreet reported a sharp gain in retail buying. Housewives, who had lofted department store sales in August 16% above the 1932 level, were flocking back to the counters; the downward sweep of the long-delayed normal summer slump seemed to be flattening out. Best buying was in the Midwest and on the Pacific Coast. Said D. & B.: ''No small part of the maintenance during the last few weeks of the headway made during the spring and summer months is attributable directly to the relentless enterprise of the NRA. . . . There...

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