Industry: Ripples of Color

Running their assembly lines overtime, the 20 U.S. manufacturers of color TV are in the midst of a boom of major proportions. By year's end they will have sold 2,500,000 sets worth $1.4 billion, an 80% increase over last year. In seeking to meet this heavy demand, the $2.5 billion color TV industry is sending ripples of profits out to a host of satellite industries that provide it with cabinets, tubes, electronic components, dials, glass, antennas, even rare earth.

From Wood to Yttrium. Among the most pressed are companies in the normally placid furniture industry, which has profited by a...

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