Facts and Figures

Higher. Retail sales in U.S. department stores last week were 12% higher than a year ago. Merchants in Manhattan (where sales were up 20%) attributed the buying wave to ex-servicemen purchasing new wardrobes and household goods for their brides.

Fledgling. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. will test its wings in a new market — consumer goods. In its $6 million fighter and bombers parts plant at Nashville, Consolidated will go into production of gas and electric ranges and farm equipment.

Net Gain. For the first time in four years, buyers of human hair for the Venida Hair Nets are en route...