COMMODITIES: Fire Out

When war started four months ago it caused a good many price fluctuations in the U. S. Few were so extreme as the retail price of sugar, which between Aug. 31 and Sept. 10 rose from 5¢ to as much as 10¢ in some stores. Result: Franklin Roosevelt made an example of sugar, removed the quotas controlling production and importation, effectively reduced the sugar price to about its pre-war level. Last week, the emergency passed and the ghost of 1915-20's sugar shortage laid, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed new sugar quotas—a trifle smaller than 1939's—for the year 1940.

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