U.S. business looked back this week on a first half year that confounded the pessimists and delighted the optimists by its healthy showing. How do businessmen feel about the six months ahead? The First National Bank of Chicago asked twelve key executives about their prospects. Consensus: 1957's second half will equal or surpass the first in almost every sector of the economy. Area witnesses:

Lou R. CRANDALL, chairman of the board, George A. Fuller Co.: "The outlook for the construction industry is very good. Actual work put in place during the first six months of 1957 is 3% to 4%...

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