PRICES: Rolling Back Steel

Maybe the Council on Wage and Price Stability is not the 90-lb. weakling in the Administration's anti-inflation lineup after all. Established 4½ months ago with a mission to "monitor" prices but no authority to order rollbacks, the council seemed pusillanimous in its first effort of consequence: an unsuccessful attempt to jawbone big price reductions from sugar refiners early in December. But last week the council made a modest comeback. It got U.S. Steel to trim its recent price increases and pledge publicly to do its best to impose no new ones for at least six months.

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