The Port of Baltimore's

cargo clerks struck after weekend talks collapsed over pension and benefit-fund contributions. Business at the waterfront was at a near-standstill. The walkout involves eight locals of the International Longshore- men's Association representing about 2,000 dockworkers at Delaware River ports in Philadelphia, southern New Jersey and Wilmington, Del. The strikes coincide with the ports' busiest season, when imported fruit keeps the docks busy.

Merry-Go-Round Enterprises

announced that the Joppa, Md.-based retailer of young people's apparel will acquire 54 T. Edwards locations for an undisclosed amount. T. Edwards, which sells clothes for young women, has locations in California, Michigan and other states, but none any longer in the Washington area.

Borden's

suspension from bidding on federal contracts was lifted. The May 1989 Defense Department order suspending Borden came in the wake of criminal bid-rigging charges filed against three former managers of Borden's dairy unit. The company wasn't charged.

Midway Airlines

said federal regulators have cleared its plan to sell its Philadelphia hub assets to USAir Group of Arlington. The Justice Department had been reviewing the antitrust implications of the $67.5 million deal, but Midway said that investigation has been terminated.

Computer purchasing officials

in the Navy and possibly other government agencies have too cozy a relationship with private-sector contractors such as IBM, according to a report by the House Government Operations Committee.