STATE OF BUSINESS: Everybody But God

So far this year U. S. department store sales have been 5% over 1938. Last month they were up 6%. Week ending Dec. 2, with Christmas drawing near, they nose-dived a thumping 29% in Boston, 10% in New York City, 5% for the nation. Said the Retail Merchants Associated Board of Trade, Inc.: "We have blamed it on everybody but God."

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