RETAIL TRADE: Barnum in the Supermarket

Because he has a $1 billion bakery empire that stretches from Britain to Australia, Canadian-born Willard Garfield Weston is known as the "Barnum of Bread" (TIME, Feb. 14). Last week the Barnum of Bread rose some more. In a $32 million stock deal, Weston got control of Chicago's National Tea Co., fifth biggest U.S. market chain, with 1954 sales of $520 million. He did so by purchasing 544,000 shares (27%) of National Tea stock from Director John F.

Cuneo, one of the biggest U.S. printers, and onetime National President R. V.

Rasmussen. For his money, Weston will become the third biggest...

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