Business: EAST-WEST TRADE

Europe Wants It, While Russia Laughs

A HOUSEWIFE once asked her butcher why he charged 50¢ a Ib. for hamburger when the man down the street advertised it for 10¢. Retorted the butcher: "Why don't you buy your hamburger there?" "I tried to," she replied, "but he was all out." Said the butcher: "Well, when I don't have any hamburger, I sell it for 10¢ a Ib., too."

For months, the Soviet Union has been dangling the same kind of bargains before U.S. and European businessmen. In their "ruble offensive," the Reds hope to cash...

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