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No slow down in production: India Inc
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July 21, 2008 19:24 IST

A majority of CEOs from top Indian companies including ICICI Bank [Get Quote], Bajaj Auto [Get Quote], TVS [Get Quote] Motor GE India, and HUL, do not foresee any production slowdown in this fiscal, even as rising input and interest costs are affecting the net profit margins, a CII survey has found.

The chief executives in a snap poll conducted by CII said even as uncertainty remained on overall industrial and GDP growth, the firms do not expect production to slow down at their companies.

The CEOs who were part of this survey included CII president and ICICI MD and CEO KV Kamath, TVS Motor Chairman and MD Venu Srinivasan, Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj, Ashok Leyland [Get Quote] MD R Seshasayee, GE India CEO Tejpreet Chopra, HUL MD Nitin Paranjpe and HCL Infosystems [Get Quote] CEO Ajay Chowdhry.

About 50 per cent of CEOs surveyed said their top line growth would not be hampered, 18 per cent said it would be affected. Despite the relative optimism, the downside risks to the economic outlook remain high on account of high inflation being fuelled by the rise in global commodity prices, the survey said.

However, the increase in raw material costs as well as interest costs were having an impact on net profit margins, it said.

About 39 per cent of respondents said their cost of production had increased by 10 per cent while 32 per cent said the increase had been 10-20 per cent.

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