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Dr. Reddy's Q3 net falls 29 pct, lags forecast

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:52 hrs
Hamied, chairman and MD of Indian generic drugmaker Cipla, speaks on mobile phone in front of cabinets containing company's products before interview in Mumbai

Dr Reddy's Laboratories , India's No.2 drugmaker by sales, reported a larger-than-expected 29.2 percent drop in quarterly net profit as sales in its key North America market remained muted.

Consolidated net profit fell to 3.63 billion rupees ($67.5 million) in the fiscal third quarter ended December, from 5.13 billion rupees a year earlier, the drugmaker said on Thursday. Income from sales and services grew 3.5 percent to 28.65 billion rupees.

Analysts on an average had forecast a net profit of 4.42 billion rupees on net sales of 29.65 billion rupees, according Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Valued $6 billion, shares in ies were down 1.3 percent to 1,879.30 rupees by 0825 GMT when the Mumbai market was down 0.12 percent.

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