India’s Shoppers Stop swings to profit on higher beauty products demand

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High-income shoppers splurged on clothes and accessories as they returned to their pre-pandemic lifestyles, especially during the wedding season between January and March. Cooling inflation and some softening in raw-material costs also helped.

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The company reported a consolidated net profit of 142.6 million rupees ($1.74 million) for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of 158.5 million rupees a year ago.

Average selling prices rose by 9%, while revenue stood at 9.24 billion rupees, up nearly 30% from a year ago.

“This is the highest sales and sales growth, with all key performance indicators consistently improving,” Venu Nair, managing director and chief executive of Shoppers Stop, said in a statement.

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Revenue for Shoppers Stop’s beauty segment – which houses brands like L’Oreal, Clarins and Earthi, as well as its private label Arcelia – grew 29% to 1.97 billion rupees, compared with 18% growth in the previous quarter.

The company has also been focussing on private-label apparel to drive up its margins.

Revenue from this business, which houses brands such as STOP, Fratini and Bandeya, grew 35% to 1.58 billion rupees, compared with a 23% growth in the previous quarter.

As of March 31, the company had 142 beauty stores across the country, compared to 98 department stores.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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