Business: More Deflation

When the Korean war set off a surge of inflation, few commodity prices shot up faster than those of such critical metals as tin, chromium and copper. In the shake-out that started in commodities almost a year ago (TIME, Oct. 20), the overpriced metals began losing some of their altitude. Last week, in the wake of the Korean truce, they were dropping again. Lead and zinc were selling near their June 1950 levels; tin had fallen 35.8% below its February high of $1.21½ a Ib.; chromite ore was down 42.6% to $56 a ton and still falling.

Another big shakeout came in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!