Home appliances maker Whirlpool of India on Monday reported a 14 per cent increase in profit after tax (PAT) at ₹60.62 crore in the third quarter ended December 31, 2018.

The company had posted profit after tax of Rs 53.14 crore in the same period last fiscal, Whirlpool of India said in a regulatory fling.

Total income during the third quarter was at Rs 1,238.41 crore as against Rs 979.26 crore a year-ago, it added.

The company said its board considered and approved capacity enhancement, modernisation and introduction cum diversification of manufacturing lines at Ranjangaon and Puducherry plants with capital investment of Rs 407 crore over a period of next five years.

According to Whirlpool of India Chairman Arvind Uppal it was another strong quarter for Whirlpool despite volatility on raw materials and currency.

“The mass market is showing positive signs and should be a key driver of growth. We remain optimistic about our business going forward,” he said in a statement.

Whirlpool of India Managing Director Sunil D’Souza said during the quarter the company witnessed high headwinds in commodities, currency and changes in duties during the quarter which also impacted the results.

The shift in festival timing had a positive impact on the top line, he added.