Facts & Figures, Jun. 4, 1945

Hitch. The Government's sudden 50% increase in A gas coupon values had a catch to it—tires. President A. L. Viles, of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, announced that the May quota of passenger tires to be released (1,500,000) will be 33% short of the number needed to keep essential civilian cars on the road through the summer months.

Fat. U.S. industry has more working capital than at any time in its history. Reason: war. The Securities & Exchange Commission survey revealed that in December 1944, industry's ready money (much of it invested in Government bonds) had reached a staggering $45.5 billion—85%...

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