October 25, 2018 4:39 pm
Updated: October 25, 2018 8:16 pm

Trump tariff backlash grows in U.S. as major companies take financial hit

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Earnings growth at U.S. corporations is being crimped by an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies, with Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson and Honeywell among a few this week to flag mounting costs from the spat.

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Beijing and Washington have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on each other’s goods in recent months, sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump‘s demands for sweeping changes to China’s intellectual property, industrial subsidy and trade policies.

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Canada, Mexico and the European Union have also retaliated with levies after the United States imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports in June.

The following is a list of companies that blamed tariffs for escalating costs:

Caterpillar Inc said Trump’s steel import tariffs, along with higher freight charges, cost it about $40 million in its most recent quarter.

3M Co said it had a $100 million headwind from tariffs, and that its pricing would more than offset that and raw material price increases into 2019.

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Honeywell International Inc said costs related to trade tariffs could put pressure on margins in 2019.

United Technologies Corp said it expects tariff-related expenses to rise about $200 million in 2019, twice its prior estimate.

Harley-Davidson Inc said it could see up to $48 million in costs from tariffs in 2018.

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Winnebago Industries Inc said it took an “eight-figure” gross hit in full-year 2018, due to costs related to tariffs and is factoring in another eight-figure cost related to tariffs in 2019.

Whirlpool Corp said it expects $300 million in costs related to tariffs in 2019 and anticipates price hikes to offset higher expenses.

— Compiled by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr

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