Mr. Claus Reports

Businessman Santa Claus had both good & bad news in his reports to small-fry customers last week. Now at the peak of its pre-Christmas hustle, the toy industry is shipping a greater variety of playthings than it has turned out since 1941. On retail toy shelves there is many an eye-catching new number, and rubber and metal toys not seen in any quantity in five years. The bad news is that prices are higher (about 10%) and the supply of some items, such as electric trains and dolls, is far short of demand. (One big store estimated that it...

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