STATE OF BUSINESS: Facts & Figures, Feb. 7, 1949

Autos. General Motors wound up its eight-day showing of its new models in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria (TIME, Jan. 24) with a total attendance of 320,000. The new models had gone over so well that one Detroit "new-used" car dealer said he had been offered $853 above the list price for a 1949 Chevrolet.

Food. Secretary of Agriculture Charles F. Brannan checked into the price of bread, which has risen slightly in the last year, while the price of wheat has dropped almost one-third. The reason, said Brannan, was the thick slice taken by bakers...

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