Walmart warns Trump tariffs may force price hikes

Reuters | Published: 00:00, Sep 23,2018 | Updated: 23:34, Sep 22,2018

 
 

A file photo shows a Walmart store is seen in Encinitas, California April 13, 2016. — Reuters photo

Walmart Inc said that it may hike prices of products if the Trump administration imposes a tariff on Chinese imports, according to a letter the company wrote to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer two weeks ago and seen by Reuters on Thursday.
The letter comes days after US president Donald Trump slapped tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, in its letter said the tariff would impact prices of everything from food products to beverages and personal care items.
Walmart confirmed it sent the letter and in a statement to Reuters urged the two countries to find solutions.
The US Trade Representative’s office was not immediately available for comment.
Earlier this week, Trump escalated his trade war with China by imposing 10 per cent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, including consumer products like gas grills, luggage and travel bags, mattresses and helmets.
‘As the largest retailer in the United States and a major buyer of US manufactured goods, we are very concerned about the impacts these tariffs would have on our business, our customers, our suppliers and the US economy as a whole,’
In its list of consumer products that could be affected by these tariffs, Walmart included gas grills, bicycles, Christmas lights and bicycles.
CNN Money reported the news first, citing Walmart’s letter.

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