scorecardresearchMarico India business posts low single-digit volume growth in second quarter of FY23

Marico India business posts low single-digit volume growth in second quarter of FY23

Updated: 04 Oct 2022, 07:48 AM IST
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Marico India: In a quarterly update, the company said demand sentiment in India trended on similar lines as the preceding quarter during most of the second quarter, with some signs of positivity in the last month.
Indian rupee coins in a bowl arranged for a photograph at a general store in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The rupee slid to all-time low of 80.06 per dollar on Tuesday, and has lost 2.4% over the past month, the third-worst performing Asian currency over the period. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Indian rupee coins in a bowl arranged for a photograph at a general store in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The rupee slid to all-time low of 80.06 per dollar on Tuesday, and has lost 2.4% over the past month, the third-worst performing Asian currency over the period. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

(PTI) FMCG firm Marico Ltd on Monday said its India business posted low single-digit volume growth in the second quarter of the ongoing fiscal.

In a quarterly update, the company said demand sentiment in India trended on similar lines as the preceding quarter during most of the second quarter, with some signs of positivity in the last month.

"With retail inflation holding firm, downtrading in rural (areas) was still prevalent during the quarter. Urban and premium discretionary segments continued to fare better," it said in a regulatory filing.

The company's flagship Parachute coconut oil recorded low single-digit volume decline although "the brand witnessed improving trends towards the end of the quarter aided by the enhanced value proposition in the prevailing soft copra price environment".

Value added hair oils grew in low single digits in value terms, mainly dragged by the subdued rural sentiment, it said, adding that Saffola oils recovered with high single-digit volume growth on a normalised base following a cut in retail prices in keeping with the correction and reduced volatility in vegetable oil prices.

Foods category also "grew in the mid-twenties with a broad based performance across the portfolio", while premium personal care maintained positive momentum, the company added.

On the outlook, Marico said, "Consumption trends should improve in the second half of the fiscal given retail inflation is expected to cool off as a result of government interventions, moderating commodity inflation pressures and reasonably healthy spatial distribution of monsoons."

Higher crop realisations and the upcoming festive season should also provide a fillip to overall sentiment, it added.

The international business maintained its strong run, delivering double-digit constant currency growth, the company said, adding that each of the markets contributed positively, despite global macro and geopolitical uncertainties.

Consolidated revenue in the quarter grew in low single digits on a year-on-year basis, Marico said without disclosing details.

First Published: 04 Oct 2022, 07:48 AM IST