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COTTONS, WOOLLENS < MUCH LEEWAY TO MAKE UP \ t Soft goods manufacturers in New ( Zealand were clamouring for materials from Britain, said Mr. J. P. Glenie, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, in comment- j ing to-day on the outlook for the clothing and furniture and related trades now the war is over. I Worst of all was the scarcitv of < cotton .materials.. he said. Woollens 1 were also in such short supply as 1 to create much difficulty. The posi- i tion in rayons and art silks was < slightly easier. It was extraordinary 1 that when Britain was severely re- i stricting exports of woollens which were badly needed in New Zealand, the authorities in Wellington were refusing to issue import licenses for ! certain materials almost non-exist- ; ent here. This could have no other ! effect than to react to the disadvan- • tage of New Zealand industry and 1 consumers. Needs of Devastated Countries ( "Although the war is over, there < will be a tremendous demand on ' Britain and America for clothing ; and other essentials for the people < of the devastated countries, and < orders placed under the Unrra pro- j gramme must be expected to take 1 precedence," said Mr. Glenie. "Britain's domestic needs are also ex- i ceptionally heavy after six years of ! severe rationing. We must remem- : ber that some of the things we have ; been- buying, perhaps only in small i quantities, from Britain have been i made available to us by compelling i the British people to go short, in j order to keep British trade alive in ; this market." The public could not be encour- '■ aged to expect plentiful supplies of clothing, soft furnishings and some other important needs in the home ' for some time to come, he continued. < Not only was the inflow of mate- : rials at a low ebb, but the quantities ; which were coming off New Zealand ' looms were also far below require- i ments. ' i There would be a big demand to ' meet to rehabilitate ex-servicemen in civilian life, he said, and this ■ would limit the capacity of the mills ' to make blankets, rugs and other articles. There was much leeway to 1 make up in almost every direction. Traders Vigilant * At the same time, Mr. Glenie said, there was a vigilant attitude in trade : circles, and retailers, who had their fingers on the pulse of public demand, were determined not to be , caught with heavy stocks purchased at high prices. Most trade turnovers, whether in wholesale or retail channels, were up in money value compared with some years ago, but the volume of goods was down. There was to-day a tendency for quota rationing through distribution channels to come to an end, except in the scarcest lines. Some soft goods orders placed in Britain had been in the hands of the manufacturers for nearly two years, said Mr. Glenie. Issued for the eighth licensing period, which covered 1944. they had been extended into the ninth period, 1945. If they were not filled soon they were likely to lapse. A lot of eighth period goods were still awaited, and at the moment importers were preparing for the tenth period, for which the schedules were expected within a few weeks. The position was complicated and might take a long time to straighten out.

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DOMINION NEEDS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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DOMINION NEEDS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945