|Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India automobile market leader registered a Net Sales of Rs. 48,063 million (Net of Excise) during the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal 2008-09. The company had posted Net Sales of Rs. 45,297 million (Net of Excise) over the same period last year. Net sales reflected a growth of 6.1 per cent.
Net Profit for Q2 2008-09 was Rs. 2,961 million, as against Rs. 4,665 million in the same period last year. The reduction in Net Profit has been mainly due to a rise in material costs, adverse impact of currency changes and a higher provision for depreciation, owing to more stringent depreciation norms adopted by the company in March 2008.
Net Sales (Net of Excise) for the first half (H1) of the fiscal (Apr-Sept 2008) were Rs. 95,373 million, a growth of 13 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year. Net Profit for H1 08-09 stood at Rs. 7,620 million, compared to Rs 9,661 million in the same period last year.
The company's total sales during H1 (Apr-Sept 2008) stood at 382,035 units as compared to 360,994 units in the same period the previous year. This reflected a growth of 5.8 per cent.
In the domestic market, the company sold 351,799 units in H1 08-09 against 336,758 units the previous year, growing 4.5 per cent.
During H1 08-09, the company exported 30,236 units against 24,236 units last year same period, a growth of 24.8 per cent.
The company's domestic sales in A3 (sedans) segment grew to 18,849 units in H1 08-09, showing a marked increase of 33 per cent over the same period last year.
Despite the tough macro economic situation, models like Swift and DZire continue to show strong sales.
The company has increased production of the Swift and Swift Dzire to meet higher customer demand. The company is laying special focus on growing customer segments, including corporates, rural households and government employees.
The company will launch its premium compact car, A Star next month in the Indian market.
For the 9th consecutive year, customers have rated Maruti Suzuki as number one in Customer Satisfaction in the survey by JD Power Asia Pacific. This is a reflection of continued customer confidence in our products and services.
The company is enhancing its focus on its cost reduction programs, companywide as well as with business associates.
The company increased its total production capacity to one million units at the Gurgaon and Manesar manufacturing facilities. Earlier this week, the company also inaugurated the new generation KB series engine plant in Gurgaon.