STATE OF BUSINESS: On the Move

The moneyed U.S. consumer who performed so nobly in 1958 will buy even more heavily this year. So predict the retailers who sell and the manufacturers who make the goods. At Chicago's annual winter home-furnishing and appliance show last week, 45,000 buyers, salesmen and manufacturers from 11,483 firms started writing orders for the new year and swapping predictions about the future. Consensus: with the economy very definitely on the upbeat, U.S. retail sales in 1959 should post a banner year. Said one Washington discounter, who ordered $1,000,000 worth of goods and...

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