RETAIL TRADE: Enough for Everybody

There was good news for U.S. shoppers last week. When some 2,000 merchants squeezed into Manhattan's Hotel Pennsylvania for the 34th annual conference of the National Retail Dry Goods Association last week, they agreed that there would be no critical shortages this year on dry goods dealers' shelves. But they were quick to add that customers would not be able to get exactly what they wanted, exactly when they wanted it; the war was still on. Drygoodsmen, by consensus:

¶ Expect shortages of cotton, woolen and worsted goods until military orders are well filled; only after that indeterminate time can civilians...

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