An important merchandising device, largely developed within the last fifteen years, is the "leasing" of certain departments by proprietors of retail stores to outsiders who agree to operate them as integral units of the owner's business. It has been estimated that more than sixty per cent of department stores and more than forty-eight per cent of specialty stores had leased departments in 1930, with the average number of such departments per store in each class at 4.6 and 2.5 respectively.

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