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HUL disappoints

Parvatha Vardhini C | Updated on January 17, 2018

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Hindustan Unilever (HUL) disappointed, recording just 4 per cent volume growth in the June 2016 quarter over the year-ago period.

Net sales grew by 3.5 per cent to ₹7,988 crore. The lower growth in net sales vis-à-vis volumes indicates a continuation of the trend of price cuts in some segments seen in the last few quarters. Operating margin expanded to 20.1 per cent in the current quarter vis-à-vis 19.2 per cent a year ago.

This was aided partly by benign input costs, a cut in ad spends and sale of premium products.

Aided by the premium brand Surf, the homecare segment saw margin improve to 13.9 per cent as against 12. 1 per cent a year ago. The personal care segment was affected by a deflation in personal wash products (soaps).

Net profit, after adjusting for exceptional items, grew 4.2 per cent. With 45-50 per cent of the demand for HUL coming from rural areas, good monsoon is expected to help demand in the quarters to come.

Published on July 24, 2016

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