MONEY: Suddenly a Case of Jitters

A.L signs continue to point to a banner year for U.S. business in 1973 —but quite suddenly politicians, investors and economists both at home and abroad have developed a case of jitters about the American economy. Domestically, there is fear of a new surge of inflation. Otto Eckstein, a member of TIME's Board of Economists, predicts that consumer prices, pushed up largely by food costs, may rise at an annual rate of 6% this quarter. Certainly fat increases in retail food costs are in store for the months ahead. Meanwhile, bankers and...

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