GOVERNMENT: New Yardstick

Businessmen have long been dissatisfied with the Department of Labor's weekly wholesale price index. So has the Department of Labor. For one thing, accurate weekly checks were made on only half the 900 different commodities that the index was supposed to cover. For another, the relative importance of individual items in the index was based on sales during 1929-31. The result was that items which had since increased vastly in importance, e.g., rayon, were given much less weight in the index than they deserved. Newer items were left out entirely. Last week, after months of preliminary tooting, the department...

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