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Skymet forecast showers hope on FMCG sector for FY25

The sector lagged through most of last year due to rainfall impacts, affecting rural demand


Skymet’s prediction of a good monsoon in India this year has given fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies reason to cheer, as they expect a better 2024-25 (FY25) compared to the previous financial year (2023-24, or FY24).

The sector is already witnessing an uptick in rural demand, which lagged through most of last year due to rainfall impacts, affecting rural demand.

Nielseniq stated that the industry had grown by 6.4 per cent in volume in the October-december quarter, driven by positive consumptio­n nationwide.

The research firm noted that the value growth of the industry stood at 6 per cent in the quarter. However, there has been a moderation in consumptio­n growth within the FMCG sector compared to sequential quarters across the country.

It added that in rural areas, there has been a sequential slowdown in volume growth, with consumptio­n experienci­ng a slight decline during this quarter. The decline, however, is more pronounced in urban areas.

“While most of the rural demand was impacted in FY24, there has been a revival of late. The current financial year (FY25) looks better than last year. We are expecting double-digit growth from rural markets this year,” said Vimal Pande, chief executive officer, Vi-john, the largest shaving cream company.

He added that a large part of the revival will be seen after the kharif harvest.

Godrej Consumer Products is also enthused by the expectatio­ns of a good monsoon.

“As the FMCG industry continues to adapt to shifting market dynamics, the prospect of a normal monsoon instils a sense of optimism. Anticipate­d favourable rainfall not only augurs well for agricultur­al output but also promises to bolster rural demand, a pivotal driver of our industry’s growth trajectory,” said Aasif Malbari, chief financial officer, Godrej Consumer Products.he added, “Improving macro indicators and robust agricultur­al output growth would uplift consumer sentiments. Sectors like personal wash and home care would be potential beneficiar­ies.”

“Demand was lower, but it should catch up this year. The base was stagnant last year, and a lot has been talked about as a K-shaped recovery. The growth in mid-priced products needs to be watched closely, as there has been growth at the premium end and the mass end,” the executive said. Analysts also expect FMCG demand to improve, provided there is no disruption in the crucial months of July and August.

“Last year, July and August witnessed abnormal rainfall, and this had an impact on rural demand. Revival will be seen from the October-december quarter if these two months witness stable rainfall,” said Sachin Bobade, vice-president at brokerage firm Dolat Capital.

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