Business: Chainsters' Tussle

Signed by Pennsylvania's Governor George Earle in Harrisburg last week was another chain-store tax bill. It was not of the Louisiana variety, in which the graduated levy is calculated not on the number of stores within the State but on the total number of units in the system (TIME, May 31). But the Pennsylvania tax will be even harder on the chains than the Louisiana levy, because Pennsylvania is a more important chain-store State. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., for instance, has 2,100 stores in Pennsylvania, only 106 in Louisiana. And the...