Business: Golden Chains

Binding the U. S. are 62 chain store systems. Besides 5 & lO¢ stores, there are stores for shoes, furniture, music, drugs, cigarets, candy & food. As they profit, so profits the nation. Their condition is accepted by statisticians as the nearest to an infallible arrow of prosperity or decline as exists. Last week 30 of them reported that their ten months' receipts to Nov. 1 were $843,292,700—more than the business in 1926 by $106,-471,445. Accordingly, the U. S. is better off industrially by 14.45% than in 1926.

Swollen beyond one billion, would have been the ten months' receipts figure had...

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