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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