Business: Retailing Rush

"The customers have surprised most retailers," said Executive Vice President Peter J. Stelling of Atlanta's J. P. Allen & Co. Allen's August sales raced 15% ahead of last year, on top of the best July in its 50-year history. Across the U.S., many another retailer was also pleasantly surprised. Merchandise managers of Southern California's Broadway, Bullock's and J. W. Robinson department stores reported that August sales exceeded all their expectations. Said President Arthur L. Kramer Jr. of Dallas' A. Harris & Co.: "Our first fall fashions were snapped up so fast that now we have to buy some more in a...

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