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Herbert Hoover: Statement on the National Business and Economic Situation
Herbert Hoover
257 - Statement on the National Business and Economic Situation
October 25, 1929
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Herbert Hoover<br>1929
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IN REPLY to press questions as to the business situation the President said:

"The fundamental business of the country, that is the production and distribution of commodities, is on a sound and prosperous basis. The best evidence is that although production and consumption are at high levels, the average prices of commodities as a whole have not increased and there have been no appreciable increases in the stocks of manufactured goods. Moreover, there has been a tendency of wages to increase, the output per worker in many industries again shows an increase, all of which indicates a healthy condition.

"The construction and building material industries have been to some extent affected by the high interest rates induced by stock speculation and there has been some seasonal decrease in one or two other industries but these movements are of secondary character when considered in the whole situation.

"A temporary drop in grain prices sympathetically with stock exchange prices usually happens but as the Department of Agriculture points out, the overriding fact in grain is that this year's world wheat harvest is estimated to be 500 million bushels less than that of last year, which will result in a very low carryover at the end of the harvest year."

Note: On October 24, Black Thursday, nearly 13 million shares had been traded on the New York Stock Exchange. October 29 would become Black Tuesday, the date commonly taken as the beginning of the Great Depression.
Citation: Herbert Hoover: "Statement on the National Business and Economic Situation," October 25, 1929. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=21979.
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