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Trump delays new wave of tariffs for China until December

Even though the tensions between the two superpowers are at an all-time high, Trump greenlights a tariff delay for China. (Source: Nikkei)
Even though the tensions between the two superpowers are at an all-time high, Trump greenlights a tariff delay for China. (Source: Nikkei)
President Trump is throwing the U.S. tech companies a lifeline with the latest tariff delays. Apple, Qualcomm and Intel showed their concern when their Q2 revenues were affected by the first wave of tariffs, but it looks like the shopping season will be kind to the U.S. tech giants this year.

Maybe this was not initially intended by president Trump, but the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is clearly affecting markets on the global scale. It seems that neither of the superpowers is willing to easily settle for concessions. Even though Trump tried to delay the first wave of tariffs earlier this year, Chian did not yield, and, even worse, it retaliated earlier this month when it devalued its own currency in order to hit the U.S. stock markets. However, president Trump is aware that the tariffs swing both ways, sometimes affecting U.S. companies more than Chinese ones, so a decision was taken to delay the next wave of tariffs until mid-December.

Previously scheduled for September 1, the next wave should increase tariffs by 10% for all electronic goods that were not included in the first wave, such as smartphones, laptops and gaming consoles. The delay appears to be a boon for the U.S. tech companies like Apple, Micron, Qualcomm and Intel, plus online retailers like Alibaba, Best Buy or Ebay, all recording considerable stock upticks across the board.

The delayed tariffs until December should also benefit consumers during the busiest shopping season, as taxes will not be applied for Black Friday and early Christmas promotions. Additionally, manufacturers announcing their new products at IFA Berlin in early September should have a generous 2-month selling window before the next wave of tariffs.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-08-14 (Update: 2019-08-14)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.