'even the business it had'
Posted by GPP on August 30, 2003
In Reply to: Lost volume to posted by ESC on August 27, 2003
: : Private letter-carrying and express businesses developed. Although their activities were only semilegal, they thrived, and actually advertised that between Boston and Philadelphia they were a half-day speedier than the government mail. The government postal service lost volume to private competition and was not able to handle efficiently even the business it had.
: : How to explain volume in "lost volume to"?
: : BTW, I'm confused by the author saying, "even the business it had." Any help?
: Existing customers/business was lost to the private companies. The government had fewer pieces of mail to move. But it had trouble even handling its reduced business.
"even the business it had": even the business it [still] had [remaining to it].