STATE OF BUSINESS: The Watchword: Caution

"The present mood of business is caution. There's been a slow climb to a very comfortable plateau on which businessmen make money and wage-earners have plenty to spend. The climb is over. The national economy could take plenty of lumps and remain where it is." Thus Harry Stoll, president of Chicago's Mandel Brothers department store, last week summed up the mood of many businessmen. Despite the slump in auto sales, tight money and sagging farm income, the nation's economy was actually holding up fine. Industrial production steadied at 142, only two points...

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