Inflationary pressures, led by crude, expected to hurt FMCG companies

Inflationary pressures, led by crude, are expected to be a concern for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in the coming months. The country's largest FMCG player, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), called this out as a risk on Monday, saying it was watching both crude and currency volatility closely. While vegetable oils (such as palm oil) have remained largely benign, crude has jumped 50 per cent in the past one year to $71- $72 a barrel. A spike in the price of crude affects derivatives such as linear alkyl benzene (LAB) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which are key input.....

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