Public Company CEOs Have Never Talked About A Trade War As Much As They Did Last Quarter

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Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson is caught in a tariff war between the United States and the European Union.

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On April 24, a month after the United States announced 25% and 10% tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, Harley-Davidson mentioned “tariffs” or “tariff” 16 times in its earnings call. This was the most the company has ever discussed the topic.

In the call, Harley-Davidson execs were keeping an eye out for possible retaliatory measures from the EU — the company’s second-largest consumer market after the United States.

Last week, those moves came: the EU hiked tariffs on motorcycles exported from the US from 6% to 31%.

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