Business: What the Auto Strike Cost

The auto strike threw off schedule a budding recovery in the economy by converting what could have been a fourth quarter of slow growth into a period of renewed, though temporary, decline. That is the conclusion of a computer study made for TIME last week by Data Resources Inc., an economic consulting firm headed by Harvard's Otto Eckstein, a member of TIME'S Board of Economists. Data Resources calculated how some sensitive economic statistics are likely to turn out for the fourth quarter, compared with the results that could have been expected if there had been no strike. The figures below are...

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