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Now Wal-Mart wants to revive the US manufacturing base

The company is two years into a 10-year plan to buy US$250 billion more in products from American factories.

Bentonville, Arkansas

THE group cheer at Wal-Mart's third annual US manufacturing summit - convened to find more American-made products - was greeted with a voice from another era.

"Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done efficiently," founder Sam...