CHINA: High Prices at the Fair

Early in the morning, shoppers lined up behind a rope guarding the entrance to the ten-story building. At precisely 8:30, an attendant dropped the barrier, and the race was on. The buyers sprinted through the doorways for the elevators; some of the more vigorous bounded up stairways in an attempt to get ahead of the crowd. It was not a rush for cut-rate panty hose at a discount house; rather, it was the scene at this spring's version of the semiannual Canton Trade Fair, where Chinese traders showed off their wares to the...

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