The Nation: Fueling Up For Winter

Even if it's another cold one, the U.S. is ready

Munsingwear Inc. of Minneapolis increased its production of men's long underwear this year by 50%—and still has orders for more warm snugglies than it can make. Big-city grocery stores are selling boxes of coal for the first time in years. Flannel sheets are in demand as Christmas gifts. The ten Lazarus Department Stores in Ohio and Indiana are selling electric blankets at a fast pace. Says Lazarus Vice President Leonard Daloia: "Folks haven't forgotten last year."

Neither have the nation's utilities and industries. They have taken a variety of steps to avoid the...

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