A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 1, 1975

Deadlines are a fact of life for journalists, which may explain why so many of them are chronic eleventh-hour Christmas shoppers. For instance, Economy & Business Editor George Church, who edited this week's cover story on U.S. retailing in general and Bloomingdale's of Manhattan in particular, is confident that the economy may get "a big boost from holiday sales"−and equally sure that he will not get around to doing his part until the last minute. New York Correspondent Eileen Shields, who interviewed Bloomingdale's executives, buyers and customers, is another committed procrastinator. "I run...

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