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Auto stocks tank over 11 pc as coronavirus outbreak disrupts supply chains

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Auto stocks plummeted on Friday as supply chain disruptions due to coronavirus outbreak dented the outlook of the industry, which saw its worst-ever sales decline in two decades recently.
The BSE auto index fell 3.78 per cent with Tata Motors plunging 11.03 per cent.
Ashok Leyland dropped 8.15 per cent, Mahindra and Mahindra by 7.50 per cent and Bajaj Auto by 1.60 per cent.
Maruti Suzuki India closed marginally down with 0.03 per cent losses.
TVS Motor Company, MRF, Hero MotoCorp, Eicher Motors, Apollo Tyres also closed in red.
The domestic auto industry is likely to be negatively impacted and see a disruption in supply chain if the coronavirus epidemic in China and South-East Asia persists longer, rating agency Icra had said last week.
According to the Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI), China is one of the leading suppliers of auto components in India, accounting for 27 per cent of the total exports, and the slowing supply of components manufactured there would result in shortage of stocks here.
Quoting reports, AIFI said that the impact of the supply disruption will be more profound on passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and two-wheeler segments.
Currently, the original equipment manufacturers have reduced their production plan for February and March due to non-receipt of components, it added.

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First Published: Feb 28 2020 | 6:58 PM IST

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