PRICES: Flimsy Evidence

For months, OPA and the National Retail Dry Goods Association have wrangled over price ceilings. Last week OPAdminister Chester Bowles sharply charged Lew Hahn, the Association's general manager, with using "unchecked flimsy evidence . . . in a sorry effort to break down effective control over inflation."

The "flimsy evidence," said Bowles, was a display of dresses, dry goods, toys, etc., which N.R.D.G.A. has. been exhibiting to Congress. It contrasts well-made articles, put out by established firms whose manufacture has been supposedly smothered by low ceilings, with shoddy merchandise which consumers were forced to buy from new manufacturers at higher,...

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