Trade war with China in aisle 12

WASHINGTON — The administration’s trade fight with China may soon be fought in the aisles of Walmart, Best Buy, REI and Costco.

If implemented, the Trump administration’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods would finally pull U.S. consumers into an escalating trade war that they have, thus far, mostly watched from a distance.

Administration officials took pains in their first batch of Chinese tariffs to largely shield consumers from seeing immediate price increases. The $34 billion round imposed July 6 focused largely on goods that businesses purchase, which do not typically appear on store shelves, such as aircraft parts and industrial machinery.