TECHNOLOGY
Apple's Mac Pro to be produced in China

Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro computer in China, moving production of what had been its only major device assembled in the United States, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.

The company will use Quanta Computer to make the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk about Apple’s decision-making. The Wall Street Journal earlier Friday reported the manufacturing move.

The news comes as China and the United States are embroiled in a trade war, with the Trump administration having imposed billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese-made goods, and threatening more tariffs that would hit Apple products. Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump are scheduled to discuss the tariffs at a highly anticipated meeting Saturday during the Group of 20 summit in Japan. Trump has called out Apple specifically in the past, asking it to move more of its production from China to the United States.

“Like all of our products, the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California and includes components from several countries including the United States,” Apple said in a statement. “We’re proud to support manufacturing facilities in 30 U.S. states and last year we spent $60 billion with over 9,000 suppliers across the U.S. Our investment and innovation supports 2 million American jobs. Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.”

— Bloomberg News

ECONOMY
Consumer spending, prices rose slightly

U.S. consumer spending increased moderately in May and prices rose slightly, pointing to slowing economic growth and benign inflation pressures, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to cut interest rates next month.

The report from the Commerce Department on Friday came just a week after the Fed signaled it could ease monetary policy as early as July, citing low inflation as well as growing risks to the economy from an escalation in trade tensions between the United States and China. Inflation has undershot the U.S. central bank’s 2 percent target this year.

Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, rose 0.4 percent as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and spent more at restaurants and on hotel accommodation. Data for April was revised up to show consumer spending advancing 0.6 percent instead of the previously reported 0.3 percent gain.

The Fed last week signaled rate cuts as early as July, citing low inflation, as well as growing risks to the economy from an escalation in trade tensions.

— Reuters

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— From news services