PRICES: Learning to Sell Again

All of a sudden, store ads and shop windows round the country seem to be bursting with welcome news for the battered U.S. consumer: prices of all sorts of goods and services are coming down, down, down. Inspired by Detroit's generally successful efforts to pull customers back into showrooms, retailers, builders, bankers and manufacturers have been attempting to outdo one another in offering sales, specials, discounts and, above all, their own variations on the carmakers' rebates:

> Whirlpool Corp. last week announced $20 rebates on all its washers, dryers and refrigerators.

> In Atlanta, Bendix Home Systems is mailing checks ranging...

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