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Colgate-Palmolive India arm posts surprise drop in Q3 profit on costs, dull demand

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BENGALURU/CHENNAI (Reuters) – Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd reported a surprise fall in third-quarter profit on Tuesday, as inflation-hit consumers tightened spending, while higher costs weighed.

The Indian arm of the U.S. consumer goods major’s net profit slipped nearly 4% to 2.43 billion rupees ($29.82 million) for the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Analysts, on average, had expected profit to rise to 2.66 billion rupees, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

The toothpaste maker’s total expenses climbed 3% to 9.75 billion rupees.

Packaged goods makers have globally raised prices of products from toothpaste to coffee as the Russia-Ukraine war and supply snarls led to an increase in the price of commodities, including palm oil, cocoa and crude oil.

The price hikes forced lower-income consumers and the rural population to tighten their budgets as they struggled to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

“Oral care consumption continued to be weighed down in the quarter by adverse macro factors,” Colgate-Palmolive India Managing Director Prabha Narasimhan said in a statement.

Revenue from operations increased nearly 1% to 12.81 billion rupees, with many analysts attributing it to price increases.

The company’s shares, which had climbed nearly 4% last year, fell as much as 2% to 1,460.25 rupees after the results were announced.

($1 = 81.4975 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Varun Vyas in Bengaluru and Praveen Paramasivam in Chennai; Editing by Sohini Goswami)

Disclaimer: This report is auto generated from the Reuters news service. ThePrint holds no responsibilty for its content.

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