STATE OF BUSINESS: Set to Roll?

The pulse-takers of the economy sounded more optimistic last week than at any time since the year began. As the first quarter ended, New York's Guaranty Trust reported in its monthly survey that businessmen had virtually stopped talking about a slip in business, more and more were talking about a "boom already set to start rolling again." In Washington Commerce Secretary Sinclair Weeks said that business activity was hitting a pace undiminished from the record rate reached in the final 1955 quarter, with chances "better than even" that '56 business would top the previous year.

Behind the optimism lay concrete...