CHICAGO (TheStreet) -- The Fourth of July is the unofficial kickoff for summer barbecue season. But as you're stocking up on supplies -- say, a blowup backyard pool for the kids, or grilling tools for dad -- take a moment to check how many of those things you've picked up at Wal-Mart (WMT - Get Report) or Target (TGT - Get Report) were made in a foreign country. Chance are, very few of the items scattered around your backyard were manufactured in the U.S.More and more, Americans are making the connection between their shopping habits and the state of the national economy. In a survey conducted by the research and consulting firm Find/SVP, 83% of respondents said they would buy U.S.-made products as their first choice, given the option between goods made here and abroad.
|Promoting a business' "Made in the U.S.A." credentials can be a great way to build good will for your brand.|
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