West Germany's astonishing postwar prosperity showed no signs of slackening its headlong pace in 1959, according to figures released last week in Bonn. As the nation's gross national product rose 6.4% to $59 billion, there were many soaring statistics:
¶ Steel mills poured a record 29.43 million tons, up 3.1 million from 1958.
¶ Automobile plants built a record 1,718,-529 cars, 15% more than in 1958.
¶ Exports totaled $9.8 billion, a gain from 1958 of more than $1 billion. Main items exported: machinery, chemicals, electrical goods, autos.
¶ Long-term public and private loans overseas rose to more than $690 million.
Private investors snapped...