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Demand for cleaning products boosts P&G earnings

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Demand for cleaning products boosts P&G earnings

Bottles of Tide detergent, a Procter & Gamble product, are displayed for sale in a pharmacy in Los Angeles, California, on July 30, 2020. Procter & Gamble reported a sales surge of 6 percent, its strongest annual sales gain since 2006. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP


US consumer products giant P&G posts a 30% jump in sales of disinfectants and detergents in the 1st quarter of its fiscal year

Pandemic-driven demand for cleaning products drove better-than-expected earnings by United States giant Procter & Gamble in the latest quarter, the company reported on Tuesday, October 20.

The consumer products giant said sales of disinfectants and detergents jumped 30% in the 1st quarter of its fiscal year, with the division that includes toilet paper and paper towels seeing double-digit growth in every region.

The gain “was driven by the disproportionate growth of premium home, health, and hygiene products and the North American business, driven in part by pandemic-related consumption,” the company said in a statement. 

The only soft spot linked to the pandemic was men’s razors, and the company boosted expected earnings for the year.

The conglomerate that sells brands like Mr. Clean, Dawn, Gillette, Oral-B, and Pampers saw total sales increase by 9% to $19.3 billion compared to the July-September quarter of 2019, well above the $18.3 billion analysts had forecast. 

“Our near-term priorities continue to be employee health and safety, maximizing availability of P&G products for consumers around the world and helping society meet the challenges of the COVID crisis,” P&G chief David Taylor said in the statement. 

The company’s profit rose 19% to $4.28 billion, while earnings per share (EPS) – a key benchmark for Wall Street – jumped 20% to $1.63 dollars, well above the expected $1.41 dollars.

Given the strong 1st quarter results, P&G raised its forecasts for its entire fiscal year, now projecting sales growth of 3% to 4%, compared to 1% to 3% previously. 

EPS is now projected to grow 5% to 8%.

P&G plans to reward shareholders with $8 billion in dividends over the full fiscal year and slightly increase its share buyback program. – Rappler.com

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