Business: Big Bite

The National Production Authority, which for some time has been nibbling at the civilian use of various scarce materials, last week took the biggest bite yet. It ordered a 15% cut in non-defense copper for the first two months of 1951, and a 20% cut for March. Automen said the cut would mean a 10% slash in auto production in next year's first quarter because there was no practical substitute for copper in auto radiators.

NPA also slashed the civilian use of zinc by 20% and nickel by 35% for the first quarter of next year, and chopped in half this...

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