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The United States slapped duties on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, eliciting a similar response from Beijing. Goods exports dropped 1.5 percent to $141.9 billion last month, weighed down by declines in shipments of food, motor vehicles and capital, consumer and other goods. Imports of goods rose by $1.3 billion to $210.3 billion, driven by motor vehicles, industrial supplies and consumer and other goods. The department also said both wholesale and retail inventories were unchanged in June. The Atlanta Federal Reserve slashed its second-quarter GDP growth estimate to a 3.8 percent rate from a 4.5 percent pace.
The dollar was trading higher against a basket of currencies after the European Central Bank kept its policy rate unchanged, Prices for U.S Treasuries rose while stocks on Wall Street were mixed, Business spending on equipment is being supported by the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion income tax cut package, which came into effect in January, But there are worries that trade tensions between the United States and stainless steel square engravable framed cufflinks its major trade partners, including China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union, could offset the fiscal stimulus..
“The momentum at the end of the second quarter signals that equipment spending likely will increase in the third quarter,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York. Overall orders for durable goods, items ranging from toasters to aircraft that are meant to last three years or more, increased 1.0 percent in June as demand for transportation equipment rebounded 2.2 percent. That followed a 0.3 percent drop in durable goods orders in May. While a third report from the Labor Department on Thursday showed initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 217,000 for the week ended July 21, the data continued to point to a tightening job market.
Claims dropped to 208,000 during the week ended July 14, which was the lowest reading since December 1969, The labor market is viewed as being near or at full employment, The economy created an average of 215,000 positions per month in the first half of this year, “By our calculations, the current break-even level of initial claims is 265,000, the lowest this cycle,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania, “Initial claims would have to make a sustained break above this level to signal that either the labor market or the economy is stainless steel square engravable framed cufflinks in trouble.”..
PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Mercedes maker Daimler (DAIGn.DE) blamed U.S.-China tariffs for a 30 percent drop in second-quarter profit and predicted a further decline as new emissions test standards hit sales. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) fell to 2.64 billion euros ($3.1 billion), weakened by Chinese price-cutting on U.S.-made Mercedes models to offset import duties, the company said on Thursday. Revenue dipped 1 percent to 40.8 billion euros. Earnings were hit by a 418 million euros charge to settle a dispute over German motorway toll collecting system Toll Collect, higher investments into electric and autonomous cars, and slower sales of Mercedes Benz cars.
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The German luxury carmaker also cautioned that emissions-related vehicle certification bottlenecks would further dent Mercedes earnings in the current third quarter. Daimler shares rose by less than those of its German peers as an easing of EU-U.S. trade tensions lifted the sector. Daimler was up 2.4 percent at 1434 GMT on Thursday, while BMW (BMWG.DE) was 3.7 percent higher and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) up 3.95 percent. The rally followed moves to resolve a trade dispute that had threatened to add U.S. autos tariffs to those already slapped on European steel and aluminum.
Zetsche said he was heartened by the positive signals following the negotiations and said he hoped the final outcome of talks would result in fewer tariffs, The Mercedes-Benz passenger car division’s profit margin narrowed to 8.4 percent in the quarter from a year-earlier 10 percent, also eroded by currency effects, a supplier fire and spending on autonomous and electrified stainless steel square engravable framed cufflinks vehicles, Deliveries fell 1 percent, The rest of the year “remains a challenge” for Daimler, Evercore analyst Arndt Ellinghorst said..