January 3, 2019 / 3:55 PM / 9 months ago

Apple sales should pick up when U.S.-China strike trade deal: Trump adviser

The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharp drop in Chinese economic growth will hit the profits of U.S. firms but sales by Apple Inc and other American companies should recover once Washington strikes a trade deal with Beijing, a senior White House adviser said on Thursday.

“If we have a successful negotiation with China, then Apple’s sales and everybody else’s sales will recover,” White House Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

Kevin Hassett said in an interview with CNN.

Hassett said Asian economies including that of China have been slowing quite a bit since last spring and that China is “feeling the blow” of U.S. tariffs.

“That is having an impact on earnings and it’s not going to be just Apple,” Hassett said. “I think there are a heck of a lot of U.S. companies that have a lot of sales in China that are basically going to be watching their earnings be downgraded next year until you know we get a deal with China.”

Apple’s warning on Wednesday about weak iPhone demand in the holiday quarter was a gloomy omen for Wall Street bulls hoping for an early gift in 2019 following December’s steep selloff.

Factory activity weakened across much of Europe and Asia in December as the U.S.-China trade war and a slowdown in demand hit production in many economies, offering little reason for optimism as the new year begins.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Susan Thomas

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