Business: Buying Week

Detroit's favorite alibi for bad business is "the weather." Last week although the weather was mild enough for the baseball season to get into its stride, motor makers bemoaned it. Car assemblies fell to 71,000

—en route to zero as the time for model changes approaches.*But if the motor industry's sales were small, last week its purchases—of one material, at least—were big. The buying power of Detroit itself is in the hands of auto purchasing agents, the best bargain hunters in big-time business. To them every posted price is a target to snipe at....

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