Time Clock, Dec. 3, 1956

CORPORATE DIVIDENDS are running far ahead of last year despite rising costs of business, declining profit margins for many companies. Cash dividend payments in the first ten months this year hit $8.7 billion, up 12½ % from 1955.

STATE-RUN INDUSTRIES in France will lose 39% more this year than in 1955. Because government keeps lid on prices they can charge to hold down living costs, nationalized railroads are expected to lose $234 million, coal mines $40 million, gas utility almost $16 million, electricity companies $14 million, Paris subway and bus lines almost $34 million. Exception is state-owned Air France, which is expected...

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