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Gold Flakes pack of 10 costs Rs 150: ITC raises cigarette price due to GST

The price of Wills has been raised to Rs 94 for a pack of 10

Avishek Rakshit  |  Kolkata 

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata. Photo: Reuters
A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata. Photo: Reuters

has raised prices of select cigarette brands to pass on the 6-7 per cent hike in the additional cess on cigarettes.

Sameer Deshmukh, a research analyst with Reliance Securities, said the price hikes were 6-15 per cent across brands with the average hike coinciding with the 6-7 per cent rise in effective taxes under the goods and services tax.

An statement said prices of its Classic and Gold Flake brands had been increased to Rs 150 for a pack of 10. The price of Wills has been raised to Rs 94 for a pack of 10. Wills Flake is now priced at Rs 66.

The Council at its meeting on July 17 increased the compensation cess by Rs 485-792 per thousand cigarettes. A 31 per cent increase in the ad valorem component of the cess was levied under the ‘others’ category.

“Prices of select brands have been revised. There is adequate availability of stocks in the market,” an spokesperson said.
The company clarified the price hike would be immediate. “In respect of cigarettes manufactured or packed prior to July 18 and are yet to be sold to consumers, the maximum retail price stands revised,” the notice stated.

The Council, after reducing the additional cess on cigarettes by 6 per cent earlier this month revised rates on July 18.

“The price increase will hit sales and thus the company’s top line. However, since is passing on the additional tax burden to consumers, its operational margins will remain stable,” Deshmukh said.

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Industry executives said the effective tax hike for 2017-18 was 16-17 per cent if the previous increase of 6 per cent announced in the Budget was taken into consideration.

The scrip reacted positively to the price revision and climbed 1.63 per cent to Rs 293.20 on the BSE.

Stocks of other cigarette like Godfrey Phillips, VST Industries also reacted positively.

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