Business & Finance: Tandsticksaktiebolaget*

Shrewd Ivar Kreuger has known how to dicker with sensitive governments, greedy governments, when the Swedish Match Trust wanted another monopoly (TIME, Oct. 1). A fat check here, a guarantee there, and competition has pleasantly evaporated. Thus it was that, last week, the match king of Sweden could look with satisfaction at every major match-consuming country of the world, except one.

The exception, of course, was the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics. From Moscow had issued orders for war with the Swedish Match Trust in the world's markets. And following the orders came inspired reports that the U.S.S.R. had enlisted both the...

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