Business & Finance: What Worries Management

FORTUNE asked its panel of Executive Opinion (U.S. businessmen of management rank): "What is the most important problem facing your business in the war years ahead?" From some 5,000 statements, the following rating of worries was compiled:

Shortage of materials, effects of properties and allocations....41.2%

Government: red tape, interference, indecision, war inefficiency, ultimate aims .....21.9

Shortage of necessary personnel.....17.4

Plant conversion, or readaption of organization to war needs......12.4

Finance: reserves, investments, solvency.........12.6

Reduced need for product or services........6.4

Labor problems other than shortages, including wage rates, unions.......7.8

Taxes........7.5

Research and post-war adjustments..........7.2

Inflation........4.0

Transportation......3.4

Rising costs v. stabilized prices......1.6

Import and export stoppages......1.6

Other answers......5.5

Totals, including multiple answers........150.5%

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