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Double Whammy Inflation hitting FMCG sector with low sales
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May '08
With the prices of key raw materials touching new highs, FMCG companies registered a 16.2 per cent rise in their cost of raw material within three months ending March even though its sales growth stagnated to mere five per cent, the ASSOCHAM Eco Pulse (AEP) has stated.

According to ASSOCHAM Paper on “Inflation hit FMCG sector”, the sales of major FMCG players have been considerably low as the inflation across the commodities has affected the consumer goods segment.

The net sales registered a marginal increase of 5.76 per cent for the period January-March 2008 on sequential quarter basis.

FMCG majors Godrej and Marico registered a decline of 0.88 per cent and 8.28 per cent, while HUL and Dabur posted a 15.72 per cent and 16.47 per cent increase in their total income on sequential quarter basis.

In a statement, the ASSOCHAM President, Mr. Venugopal N. Dhoot said, “the spiraling prices of essential commodities have impacted the companies' bottom line.

The sector witnessed a decline of 15.38 per cent in their net profits on sequential q-o-q basis putting pressures on their volume growth, which grew by only 5.76 per cent in Q4 2007-08.

The big dampener, rising input costs of wheat and milk, has shown no sign of relief. Price rise of key inputs in FMCG sector like wheat and milk rose to 1.13 per cent and 9.13 per cent in Q4 from 0.38 per cent and 8.84 per cent in Q3 respectively”.

The rise in the prices of fuel and power cost from 0.65 per cent in Q3 to 5.06 per cent in Q4 in 2007-08 have also contributed to the increased input costs.

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