Gillette India profit rises 6% on strong demand for grooming products

Feb 1 (Reuters) - Shaving razors maker Gillette India Ltd (GILE.NS) reported a 5.6% rise in its second-quarter profit on Wednesday, propelled by higher prices and sustained demand for its grooming products.

Gillette India, in which consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N) has a 75% stake, said its net profit rose to 744.5 million rupees ($9.10 million) for the three months ended Dec. 31, from 705 million rupees a year earlier.

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With total expenses surging 10% due to a 14% jump in raw and packaging materials costs during the quarter, the shaving cream and Oral B toothbrush maker said it expected costs and operating challenges to continue in the near-term.

While the oral care revenue fell 8.6%, the grooming segment that accounts for 80% of Gillette India's revenues surged 15.6%.

This helped the company to report a near 10% rise in revenue from operations.

Shares of the company ended about 0.3% lower on Wednesday and about 4% in 2022.

($1 = 81.7990 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Kashish Tandon and Aleef Jahan; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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