Doing business in the United States – U.S. Consumer sector 2019

The United States has the most well-developed consumer economy in the world, with approximately US$13.2 trillion in annual consumer spending, the world’s highest per-household spending, and retail space per capita that is more than twice that of the most retail-heavy European country. Not surprisingly, the U.S. has developed a sophisticated regulatory framework focused on consumer protection, product safety, ensuring fair competition, and encouraging innovation. While entering the U.S. environment can be a game changer for businesses in the consumer industry, it comes with some significant legal risks.

This guide is a supplement to our Doing business in the United States 2019 Guide which provides an overview of trade control issues that could limit a non-U.S. person's ability to enter the U.S. market or conduct its business once it has established U.S. operations, as well as the principal forms of doing business in the United States, and labor and employment, immigration, intellectual property, export control, anticorruption, bankruptcy, and other laws and practices important to foreign investors.

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