Tariffs Start to Ripple Their Way Through the US Economy

The introduction of a 20% tariff on washing-machine imports in January led to a 17% jump over three months in the portion of the consumer-price index that tracks laundry-equipment prices. Photo: Richard B. Levine/Zuma Press By Josh Zumbrun Josh Zumbrun The Wall Street Journal Biography @JoshZumbrun josh.zumbrun@wsj.com June 19, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET 1 COMMENTS In recent weeks, several major ...

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Smoking rate in US hits all-time low

NEW YORK — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn’t been much change the previous two years, but it’s been clear there’s been a general decline and the new figures show it’s continuing, said K. ...

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Daily Briefing: Merkel in decline

LONDON (Reuters) – Tail wagging the dog? The fact that Bavaria’s small CSU party can set Angela Merkel a deadline of two weeks to revamp Europe’s migration rules or risk the breakdown of her coalition in Berlin speaks volumes about her declining stature. German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the ...

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China blasts new US tariff threat, warns it will retaliate

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Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of American adults light up

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Merkel says climate change is a fact, laments US stance

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At least 128 missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia: official

Relatives cry while waiting for news on missing family members who were on a ferry that sank yesterday in Lake Toba, at Tigaras Port, Simalungun, North Sumatra, Indonesia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Damanik JAKARTA (Reuters) – At least 128 passengers were missing after a ferry sank in Indonesia’s Lake Toba on Monday evening, a search and rescue official said on ...

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Trump tariffs: US escalates trade threats to China

US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn (£151bn) of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect if China “refuses to change its practices”. The threats would be a major escalation of the dispute and sparked further falls on stock markets. China responded by accusing ...

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