By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the looming threat of a trade war to the slowing growth of smartphones, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

White House: China Tariffs Back On | Alan Wolf: Despite some hopes that things were calming down, it appears that tariffs against imported Chinese products are back on. Additional tariffs may be levied on products like steel and aluminum from other international trade partners. Several lobbying groups are issuing statements against these tariffs, and we’ll see what effect (if any) their work has when the official list of products affected by the tariffs is released on June 15.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan for Comfort and Style | Annie Thornton: Summer is here, and I’m ready to shine a light on ceiling fans! Helping consumers pick a fan that keeps them cool and suits their home should be a breeze (sorry, not sorry) with this guide that Houzz has put together.

Smartphone shipments declined for the first time in 2017 | Shannon Liao: Mary Meeker’s internet trends report is officially out, and one of the major takeaways is that we’re approaching market saturation with smartphones. Last year marked the first time that shipments were down overall for phones. Manufacturers and retailers will have to find new ways to persuade consumers into purchasing the latest & greatest smartphones, as the pool of 1st time buyers shrinks.

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