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ITC, Dabur, HUL, Marico extend benefits of GST rate cut to consumers

Earlier in the day, Dabur India said it has cut prices of existing stocks across categories such as shampoos, skin care and home care by 9%

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

ITC, Dabur, HUL, Marico slash prices post GST rate cut

FMCG companies, including ITC, Dabur, and Marico, on Tuesday said they have cut prices of various products to pass on the benefits of rate reduction to end-consumers.

The said they will extend the price reduction to other categories, which have also seen tax rate cuts. The development comes a day after the government asked the firms to pass on lower rates to consumers.


The Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate was reduced on 178 items, including detergents, shampoos and beauty products, from 28 per cent to 18 per cent from November 15.

"has modified the price of its relevant products keeping in mind the applicable rates under the recent notification," a company spokesperson told PTI.

Similarly, an spokesperson said: "We have reduced price for Bru Gold coffee from Rs 145 to Rs 111 on a 50 gm pack. Any further price changes will be communicated in due course."

remains committed to passing on the benefits of reduction to the consumers, the spokesperson added.

Likewise, CFO said the company has effected MRP reductions on products across categories such as deodorants, hair gels, hair creams, body care etc.

"While the new production shifts to new reduced MRP immediately, we are passing on the benefits on existing stocks either through stickering the products with reduced MRP or by providing additional discounts to our trade channel partners," he said.

Karve further said the company has also sent out communication to its partners to pass on the benefit of reduced taxes to the consumers.

Earlier in the day, India said it has cut prices of existing stocks across categories such as shampoos, skin care and home care by 9 per cent.

The company said it had also revised the MRP of fresh production with immediate effect which will hit the shelves by next month.

When contacted, a Patanjali spokesperson said: "We welcome this step and the benefits must be transferred to the customers. We are evaluating over the quantum of decrease."

Yesterday, CBEC Chairperson Vanaja Sarna in a letter to all major FMCG had pointed out the need to immediately revise the MRP on all the products for which the tax reductions have been announced by the Council.

rates on a number of items have also been reduced from 18 per cent to 12 per cent and from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.

Items on which tax rate has been cut from 28 per cent to 18 per cent include chewing gum, chocolates, coffee, custard powder, dental hygiene products, creams, after-shave, deodorant, detergent and washing power, razors and blades, cutlery, batteries, goggles, wrist watches and mattress.

Tax rate on condensed mil, refined sugar, pasta curry paste, diabetic food, and bamboo/cane furniture has been cut from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.

First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 20:26 IST
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