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While the prices of other commodities tumbled (see The Economy), the price of wool kept going up & up. At Australian auctions a fortnight ago, fine wool which had sold in 1946 for around 65¢ a Ib. brought a record price of $2.42¼. Last week, at the Newcastle auctions, it shot up to $2.76¼, and in Tasmania superfine wool went up to $3.53. Reason: a complete change in the world wool supply.

At war's end there was more than a year's stockpile of wool on hand, about 60% of it the finer type raised chiefly in Australia and used...

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