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Net profits of manufacturing companies surged by 50.2 per cent during 2021-22, the input cost pressures notwithstanding, the Reserve Bank of India said on Friday.

Net profit also increased for the information technology (IT) companies, whereas the non-IT services sector continued to record losses at the aggregate level, it said.

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The data on the performance of the private corporate sector during 2021-22 drawn from abridged financial results of 3,166 listed non-government non-financial (NGNF) companies.

Operating profit margins remained healthy for all the three sectors. Net profit margins remained stable for manufacturing and IT companies, whereas it remained in the negative terrain for non-IT services companies.

The data further showed that private corporate sales and profitability recorded healthy growth in during 2021-22 as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic subsided and economic activities recovered, especially in the second half of the year.

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“Sales of 1,865 listed private manufacturing companies witnessed broad based recovery and expanded by 36.7 per cent during 2021-22 as compared with a contraction of 2.8 per cent in the preceding year; both volume and price components contributed to the higher growth and it was also aided by favourable base effects,” it said.

IT companies also improved their performance and their sales growth accelerated to 19.8 per cent from 4.4 per cent in the previous year.

Sales in non-IT services sector made a broad based recovery in 2021-22, registering 27.2 per cent annual expansion as against 14.6 per cent decline in the previous year.

On expenditure, the RBI said: “Consistent with the rise in production and sales, manufacturing companies’ expenditure on raw materials increased by 48.6 per cent during the year and its share in their total sales increased”.

Unlike manufacturing and non-IT sector, which witnessed a turnaround during 2021-22 from the pandemic-led contraction in sales and staff cost in the previous year, the IT sector weathered the successive waves of the pandemic and logged sustained growth in both these parameters, it added.

RBI also said interest cost moderated for manufacturing and IT companies during the year. PTI NKD MR

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