(Reuters) - Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), India's biggest software services exporter, on Thursday reported lower third-quarter profit, hit by weakness in the banking and financial services sector.
Net profit fell 3.6 percent to 65.31 billion rupees ($1.03 billion) in the three months to Dec. 31, the company said in a statement. That compared with the 65.18 billion rupees average analysts' estimates, according to Thomson Reuters data. http://bit.ly/2EwdNXS
TCS, part of salt-to-software conglomerate Tata group, said revenue growth from all segments was above 9.5 percent, barring retail and the banking, financial services and insurance sector (BFSI), its largest.
Indian IT firms have been facing sluggish growth in the BFSI sector as clients hold back on discretionary tech spends. Weakness in the December quarter is also seasonal because of holidays.
Employee benefit expenses rose, weighing on profitability.
($1 = 63.6550 Indian rupees)
(Reporting by Tanvi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman/Keith Weir and Jane Merriman)