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Where to Find Haulage Business

26th January 1932
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

BTJSINESS generally seems to be hesitant. It is as though half the trades in the country are dependent on the iron and steel industry, and that, undoubtedly, is impatiently awaiting the imposition of a tariff.

Northumberland and Durham.

The coal industry in this area is particularly active, most of the collieries being busy, whilst bunker coal ia in good demand. The ship-repairing industry is still active, and one of the larger ship-building concerns has commenced to break up vessels, which is a new departure for the company in question. Armstrong Sourer Coinmercial Vehicles, Ltd., is about to extend its works.


The leather industry is bright in one department, namely, that concerned with the manufacture of chrome leather. Makers of women's light shoes, too, report increased business. The woollen industry shows bright prospects in all its branches, although Bradford reports a slight lull, which is, however, believed to be temporary and due to waiting on price fixing.

The iron and steel business is patchy. In Middlesbrough it is quiet, although a better feeling prevails there than has existed for some time. In Sheffield, where a small boom began when the National Government came into being, in the belief that tariffs would quickly follow, business has waned because of the delay in their imposition.

There is now a quiet tone, except in the following departments :—Motorvehicle parts, including stampings and pressings, as well as alloy steel for wearing parts; stainless and corrosionresisting steels for all purposes: the manufacture of files and saw blades, safety-razor blades and machines for cutting and slicing bacon. In Keighley the Co-operative Wholesale Society is planning an immediate extension to its ironworks.


The cotton trade is still quiet, although a better tone is given by increased inquiries from India. Reports from Macclesfield state that new factories are likely to be opened as the result of the imposition of the duties on silk. The rayon industry remains steady and shows signs of improvement.

The iron and steel industry in this area is slack, but, in the expectation of considerable orders from China, early activity is anticipated in factories where railway material is made.

What is claimed to be the largest deal in Russian cotton is reported from Liverpool, and there are hopes that this presages increased activity in the cotton industry. A Dutch concern of electric-battery manufacturers has decided to open works in Liverpool, and an American company, specializing in building-trade products, is shortly to establish itself there.


The hosiery and lace trades in Nottingham and district are still on the upgrade and continued improvement is expected. The Northampton and Leicester shoe trade is not so good. In Birmingham the edged-tool business is good and the works generally are approaching normal capacity. your German concerns are reported to have taken over existing works and are to manufacture chains, garden implements and cycle components.

The carpet business of Kidderminster is improving and the glove industry in Worcester and Oxfordshire is showing signs of betterment.

Reports from Lincoln are to the effect that the Abbey and Stamp End works are to be reopened.

Smith Wales.

The tin-plate industry is still active and even better trade is expected. The coal business is quiet, but there are hopes that if the present German attitude towards reparations persists the South Wales coal industry will reap some benefit.

East Anglia.

Confirmation of previous optimistic notes concerning the boot and shoe industry is contained in the report that extensions to factories are contemplated.


The woollen manufacturers in Scotland have a fair amount of work in hand. The prospects of the iron and steel trade are improving, and the blacksheet-metal trade is good.

West Country.

The glove industry in Yeovil, Bideford and other west-country towns is thriving.


Loudon docks deliveries of timber are up to the standard for the time of the year. The iron and steel industry is showing signs of improvement. The Southern Railway is about to amalgamate the Bricklayers' Arms and Willow Walk goods depots at a cost of £100,000.

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