April 22, 1950. In the retail trade great waste is caused by an overabundance of shops. There are very many more shops than are needed. The number could be reduced substantially without hardship to the public and with consequent economies in manpower and money. But it would be politically impossible to drastically reduce the number of shops by closing down large numbers of them. Steps can and ought to be taken at once to prevent a growth in the number of shops in over-shopped areas. It is imperative that new entrants into retailing should be restricted. {{COUNTERPOINT }}