THE ECONOMY: You Itch All Over

"We play a little numbers game at our house," explained an Atlanta housewife last week. "The kids compare the prices of groceries in the market with the ones stamped on the canned soups and packages at home, to see how much they've gone up. It's a game, and about as much fun as Russian roulette."

It was a game that any number could play, and there was scarcely a U.S. family last week that did not feel the cold muzzle of rising prices pressed against its pocketbook. Officially, the news was told in plain statistics: the Bureau of Labor Statistics...

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