STATE OF BUSINESS: Rolling in the Aisles

The force that gives the U.S. economy its pep is being generated more and more in the teeming aisles of the nation's stores. From the Commerce Department last week came an estimate that retail sales in October reached $18.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, a 7.8% gain over last year's level and the first time October sales have burst through the $18 billion mark. In November's first week, sales in U.S. department stores were running 5% ahead of last year. Retail sales for the first ten months of 1959 total $179.9 billion, 9% above 1958....

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