MUMBAI Oct 31 DLF Ltd, India's top
real estate developer, posted a 27 percent fall in its
consolidated net profit for the July-September quarter, hit by
slowing home sales in Asia's third-largest economy.
"In the current economic and high interest rate environment,
the company expects a slow absorption of product in the market,"
DLF said in a statement to the exchange late on Wednesday.
The New Delhi-based developer, founded by billionaire K.P.
Singh, said net profit for he fiscal second quarter was 1
billion rupees ($16.3 million) compared with 1.38 billion rupees
a year earlier. The profit fell short of analyst expectations of
1.4 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Total revenue was 19.56 billion rupees, down from 20.4
billion rupees posted during the same period last year.
On Wednesday, Oberoi Realty Ltd, India's
second-largest developer by market value, posted a 48 percent
fall in net profit for the September quarter - its worst
quarterly profit decline in nearly two years - hit by a drop in
($1 = 61.2950 rupees)
(Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)