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Patanjali Foods Q4 results: PAT falls 22% to Rs 206 cr on higher expenses

The Ruchi Gold oil maker's profit fell to Rs 206 crore (around $25 million) for the quarter ended March 31, from Rs 264 crore a year earlier

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Last month, India's Supreme Court reprimanded the head of a state drug regulator for negligence in addressing claims made by yoga guru Baba Ramdev's company, Patanjali Ayurved.

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India's Patanjali Foods reported a 22% fall in fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday, as sluggish demand dragged overall sales down in its mainstay edible oils business amid a surge in expenses.
 
The Ruchi Gold oil maker's profit fell to Rs 206 crore (around $25 million) for the quarter ended March 31, from Rs 264 crore a year earlier.
 
Higher prices of everyday items like milk and wheat flour have slowed demand for consumer goods in rural India, causing people to cut back their spending on other essentials as well as discretionary items.
 
Patanjali's revenue from the edible oils segment fell nearly 9%, to Rs 5,889 crore, limiting its overall revenue growth.
The company's total expenses rose about 6%, to Rs 8,048 crore.
 
However, the firm said it is optimistic about an increase in rural demand in the upcoming quarters.

Last month, India's Supreme Court reprimanded the head of a state drug regulator for negligence in addressing claims made by yoga guru Baba Ramdev's company, Patanjali Ayurved.
 
Despite being informed in 2018 about advertisements by its Divya Pharmacy unit, which claimed to cure chronic diseases, the state drugs department failed to take action against Patanjali Ayurved, prompting criticism from the court.
 
Rival and Fortune cooking oil maker Adani Wilmar reported a 67.5% rise in its fourth-quarter profit earlier this month.

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First Published: May 14 2024 | 8:02 PM IST

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