India's FMCG industry reported a 10.9 percent growth in terms of value in the June quarter, helped by a rise in consumption even though the rural markets remained sluggish in non-food segments, according to a report.
Data analytics firm NielsenIQ said the overall consumption has revived as unit volume has increased on a sequential basis in the April-June quarter. However, on an annual basis, it had negative growth of 0.7 percent in the latest quarter under review.
In the April-June 2022 period, the urban markets revived with positive volume growth of 0.6 percent but the rural markets reported a negative growth of 2.4 percent.
The industry also observes positive momentum in volume along with price-led growth. The volume growth which was - 4.1 percent in last quarter (JanuaryMarch) has improved to some extent at - 0.7 percent in (April-June) 22," NielsenIQ said in its FMCG Quarterly snapshot report.
Satish Pillai, Managing Director, NielsenIQ - India told that there has been a double-digit price growth in the last five quarters, owing to factors such as inflation and other macroeconomic variables.
"A tempering of these would help propel growth further in the last quarter. It is important to note that the consumption uptick has come from the unit growth as a predominant driver of FMCG for the quarter," he said.
According to him, the latest trend beats the last two-quarters of consumption decline and highlights the onset of cautious optimism among consumers.
"Also, the consumption recovery and promising macro factors support NielsenIQ's forecast of double-digit growth for 2022," he added.
He noted that while urban markets have shown a recovery in consumption, the rural markets are following closely.
The decline in consumption from the last couple of quarters is arrested for foods in rural markets but it is yet to come back to a positive consumption growth for non-foods," he said.
According to the report, recovery in FMCG consumption in the latest April-June quarter is led by unit growth as consumers moved to smaller pack sizes and grammage reduction from manufacturers in key price packs.
"While the volume decline is driven by the drop in average pack size growth, unit growth has bounced back to 8.9 percent this quarter from 1.5 percent in the previous quarter, which indicates that the consumers are buying smaller packs, however, they are buying more units," the report said.
In April-June 2022, small manufacturers, having a turnover of up to Rs 100 crore, showed positive volume growth after three quarters of being in the red.
"Small manufacturers are back on track with positive volume growth 1.8 percent in Q2'22, from - 8.5 percent in Q1'22 primarily driven by Food (5.6 percent in Q2'22 from - 5.5 percent in Q1'22)," it said.
Non-foods continue to show a negative volume growth though there was an uptick from the previous quarter. In the June quarter, there was a negative growth of 13.8 percent while the same was at - 20.4 percent in the March quarter, the report said, adding that volume decline continued for medium and large manufacturers.
"The foods segment has seen a positive volume growth of 1.8 percent in Q2'22 (April-June) and within this, impulse categories like chocolates, and salty snacks have grown to rise to 15.1 percent while non-foods continue to be negative," it said.
Further, non-essential personal care categories such as perfumed deodorants and cologne saw an over 40 percent volume growth, buoyed by the summer season and consumers heading out for work and entertainment as they get back to normal routines.