Business: Health Chart

Signs of health in the economy last week:

¶ Department-store sales up 24% over last year.

¶ Steel production up to 88% of capacity, 13% over early January.

¶Auto output up to 128,319 cars. 6% above the week before.

¶ Prices remarkably stable; wholesale prices dipped a fraction to reach a ten-month low.

¶ The Pennsylvania Railroad approved construction of 11,500 new freight cars, beginning an extensive program to meet growing business.

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