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Survey: Consumers more likely to buy products with ‘made in USA’ claim

BY Allison Cerra

Fort Lee, N.J. — The majority of shoppers take notice of such packaging claims as "made in the USA," and most of them are more likely to purchase a product after breaking down demographics.

Shoppers that are older than 35 years are the most likely to be positively influenced by the "made in the USA" claim and the most negatively influenced by a similar claim, such as "made in China," PRS found. PRS also noted that it’s not clear if those ages 18 to 34 years "see the world differently based on their collective experiences and influences, or if they simply have not yet reached an age where they’re affected by these considerations."

"Whether it is for quality assurance, to boost the economy, or out of patriotism, buying American-made products is becoming quite fashionable among U.S. shoppers," PRS EVP Jonathan Asher said. "Particularly for products that are ingested, such as food, beverages and medicines — if you make it here, make that clear — that is, include a ‘made in the USA’ mention on your package (and possibly other marketing communications) so that shoppers are aware of that fact."

The survey was conducted in July among more than 1,400 consumers, ages 18 years and older, drawn from a nationally representative online sample in the United States, according to new research conducted by Perception Research Services International.

While the number of survey respondents that notice "made in the USA" claims on product packaging were at similar levels as last year (83% versus 80% in the year-ago period), 76% claimed that they are more likely to purchase such a product because it "help[s] the economy," yet the products the respondents said they would prefer to purchase — if American-made — suggest that quality and safety may be the true motivating factors. These include food, medicine and personal care items, PRS said.

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Hobby Lobby files lawsuit over mandate in health law; cites religious beliefs

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging the mandate in the health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs. Hobby Lobby calls itself a "biblically founded business" and its stores are closed on Sundays.

According to the lawsuit, the mandate forces the owners of Hobby Lobby “to violate their deeply help religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits.” There are about 27 lawsuits challenging the mandate, and Hobby Lobby is the largest for-profit business to do so.

"By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow," David Green, CEO and founder, Hobby Lobby, said in a statement. "We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate."

In a conference call with reporters, Green said the company opposes having to provide “abortion causing drugs” that go against his family faith.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, alleges the Health and Human Services mandate is unconstitutional and requests an injunction to prohibit it from being enforced. The privately held Hobby Lobby is self-insured and will be required to comply with the mandate by Jan. 1, the start of its health insurance plan year. Hobby Lobby would face significant fines if it does not comply.

The mandate went into effect Aug. 1, but Hobby Lobby won’t be impacted until Jan. 1, when the new insurance year for its employees begins.

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City Sports names CEO

BY Staff Writer

Boston — City Sports said Wednesday it has named Edward Albertian as president and CEO of the 21-store chain.

Albertian joins the company from Trans National Group, where he was president and CEO. He has also served as senior VP retail operations at Staples.

Albertian’s appointment follows the departure of City Sports’ previous president and CEO Jeff Connor, who resigned last month.

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