Wal-Mart to Spend $50B More on American Products

by Christopher Freeburn | January 17, 2013 10:06 am

Wal-Mart to Spend $50B More on American Products

walmart store 300x180 Wal Mart to Spend $50B More on American Products[1]The nation’s largest retailer says it will buy more U.S.-made products[2].

Over the next 10 years, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT[3]) plans to increase its purchases of domestically produced goods by $50 billion. Wal-Mart has come under criticism for selling low-price products manufactured abroad, particularly from China, Reuters notes.

While Wal-Mart said the additional spending on U.S. goods was meant to help the struggling U.S. economy, critics noted that an extra $5 billion a year hardly amounted to economic stimulus in a $15 trillion economy.

According to Wal-Mart, two-thirds of the products sold in its U.S. stores are produced domestically. In 2012, 55% of the company’s sales were generated by food and beverage products, which are usually produced in the U.S. Clothing and accessories accounted for just 7% of the chain’s sales, but those items are mostly made overseas.

Other retailers indicated that it would be difficult for them to follow Wal-Mart’s lead. Macy’s (NYSE:M[4]) CEO Terry Lundgren told Reuters that buying more American-made products would result in higher prices, which consumers were unwilling to pay.

Earlier this week, Wal-Mart announced that, starting on Memorial Day, it will offer a job to any honorably-discharged veteran[5] who has been out of the service for less than one year.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/walmart-store.jpg
  2. it will buy more U.S.-made products: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-walmart-us-idUSBRE90E0MB20130115
  3. WMT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WMT
  4. M: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=M
  5. will offer a job to any honorably-discharged veteran: http://investorplace.com/2013/01/wal-mart-pledges-to-hire-every-veteran-that-wants-a-job/

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