Walmart warning it'll raise prices as Trump's China tariffs kick in

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"And we are changing it", Trump told the cheering crowd.

Earlier this week, Trump escalated his trade war with China by imposing 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including consumer products like gas grills, luggage and travel bags, mattresses and helmets.

U.S. industry has widely pushed back against the Trump administration's use of tariffs to force changes to China's economy, and companies from Gap to Samsonite International have said they're prepared to raise prices if the new tariffs bite into their business.

That means companies like Walmart will start paying a tax on goods they import from China, raising their costs and potentially cutting profit unless they pass the cost increases to their millions of shoppers. We have rebuilt China.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened further retaliation if Beijing takes aim at U.S. agricultural or industrial workers as he accused China of trying to sway U.S. elections by targeting farmers.

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"So we charged 25 per cent on US$50 billion worth of merchandise tariffs coming in". "We have far more bullets".

Washington had announced on Monday (Sept 17) that the U.S. will begin to levy new tariffs of 10 per cent on US$200 billion of Chinese products starting on Sept 24, with the tariffs to go up to 25 per cent beginning 2019.

Walmart filed the letter because "we are concerned about the impact on USA suppliers, consumers and manufacturers, as well as families around the world", Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, said in an e-mail. "We really went item-by-item trying to figure out what would accomplish the punitive objective on China and yet with the least disruption in the United States".

The problem, as always, is whether Mr. Trump's goal is to accumulate leverage for use in a near-term negotiation or to discourage trade with China permanently as a matter of policy. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has extended an invitation to resume trade talks with his Chinese counterparts. We have given them such wealth.

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