PRICES: Hatchet Work

While manufacturers and meat packers howled for OPA's scalp (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS), OP A picked up its own tomahawk and hacked hard at the list of items under price control.

In the most extensive decontrol action yet taken, OPA suspended ceilings on: 1) $3,000,000,000 worth of industrial equipment out of some $15,000,000,000 to be produced this year; 2) several hundred consumer items of minor importance to the cost of living. Examples: fly swatters, locomotives, subway cars, flowerpots, turbines, soda fountains, dredges, cuff buttons, gaskets (a misprint in the Associated Press story touched off premature celebrations by U.S. casket makers).


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