STATE OF BUSINESS: Mixed Blessings

Every so often the prophets of doom begin mumbling darkly that people have satisfied all their big postwar demands and the boom is ending. Last week, hard at work with slide rule, questionnaire and adding machine, the busy statisticians showed that a vast reservoir of demand still remains.

The Federal Reserve Board, sampling buyer plans, found that consumers are still thirsting for more. No less than 14% of U.S. families plan to buy a car next year; 8% of the nation's non-farm families have tentative plans to buy houses —more, in both cases,...

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