Liberty Shoes may increase prices by 10%

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on June 09, 2017

Liberty Shoes is looking at raising the prices of majority of its products by up to 10 per cent from September to offset the higher tax to be levied on footwears costing above Rs 500 under the GST regime.

“For Liberty, there is a potential price increase of 5-10 per cent, particularly for leather shoes. There will be price increase on products priced Rs 600 and above,” Liberty Group CEO Adesh Kumar Gupta told PTI on the sidelines of CII-India Retail Conclave 2017.

Gupta said: “There is enough stock available in the supply system at different levels and it will take three months to clear the existing stock. There will be price increase from September, when peak season for footwear industry begins.“

In the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, to be rolled out from July 1, footwear below Rs 500 will be taxed at 5 per cent, while the rest would be in the 18 per cent bracket.

Products priced Rs 600 and above account for 85 per cent of total sales of the company.

He said that while there will be ‘turbulence’ in the footwear after GST implementation for six months, the GST will increase the overall demand and consumption.

When asked if this turbulence can hit its profits, Gupta said, “I can’t comment on this right now.”

Published on June 09, 2017
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