1972Walmart was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

1979The Walmart Foundation was established.

Dwyer and her supporters say they also have security concerns regarding a Walmart store.


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  • Walmart customers cite low prices as the most important reason for shopping there. The average U.S. Walmart customer's income is below the national average, and analysts estimated that more than one-fifth of them lack a bank account; twice the national rate. A 2006 Walmart report also indicated that Walmart customers are sensitive to higher utility costs and gas prices. A poll indicated that after the , 76percent of voters who shopped at Walmart once a week voted for , while only 23 percent supported senator . When measured against similar retailers in the U.S., frequent Walmart shoppers were rated the most politically . Thus, as of 2014, the "majority (54percent) [of] Americans who prefer shopping at Walmart report that they oppose , while 40 percent are in favor of it."

    Walmart struggled to export its brand elsewhere as it rigidly tried to reproduce its model overseas. In China, Walmart hopes to succeed by adapting and doing things preferable to Chinese citizens. For example, it found that Chinese consumers preferred to select their own live fish and seafood; stores began displaying the meat uncovered and installed fish tanks, leading to higher sales.

  • In May 2006, after entering the South Korean market in 1998, Walmart sold all 16of its South Korean outlets to , a local retailer, for . Shinsegae re-branded the Walmarts as stores.

    Walmart also had to face fierce competition in some foreign markets. For example, in Germany it had captured just 2percent of the German food market following its entry into the market in 1997 and remained "a secondary player" behind with 19percent. Walmart continues to do well in the UK, where its subsidiary is the second largest retailer.

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    In North America, Walmart's primary competitors include like , , , and , Canada's The and , and Mexico's and . Competitors of Walmart's Sam's Club division are and the smaller chain. Walmart's move into the grocery business in the late 1990s also set it against major supermarket chains in both the United States and Canada. Some retail analysts see regional grocery store chain as serious competition for Walmart. Several smaller retailers, primarily , such as and , have been able to find a small niche market and compete successfully against Walmart. In 2004, Walmart responded by testing its own dollar store concept, a subsection of some stores called "Pennies-n-Cents."

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Very very good! I know that Wal Mart carries so so much merchandise made outside of the U.S. and Canada. I now look at the origin of everything I buy. I do my utmost to buy things made here in the U.S. If something is made in China, I look for a similar item on the same shelf, or go elsewhere. If I can’t find my item for the same or reasonably higher cost made in the U.S. I will as a last resort, buy the item. Most of the time, I can avoid giving money to China, and feel I am doing my part to keep and or regain employment at home. I don’t have the same passion with other countries I do hold the companies who engage in slave labor, responsible for loss of employment too. American and Canadian companies who are way busy burning the midnight oil, looking for ways to get their product manufactured for less and less, and directing profits into their greedy little hands. I truly believe we can bring jobs back home. Sometimes it is more important to have a clear conscience, than saving a dollar or two.