Apple India net profit falls 70 pc to Rs 262 Cr in FY19
Tech giant Apple has seen an over 70 per cent fall in its net profit in India to Rs 262.27 crore, while revenues fell 19 percent in the 2018-19 over the last financial year, according to regulatory documents.
Apple India recorded a net profit of Rs 262.27 crore in the year ended March 2019 as against Rs 896.33 crore in 2017-18. In the preceding year, the company had posted a net profit of Rs 373.38 crore, the documents sourced by business intelligence platform Tofler showed.
The Cupertino-based giant also saw its revenue from operations declining 19.2 percent to Rs 10,538.25 crore for 2018-19 in India, which is one of the world's largest mobile phone markets globally.
Apple India's revenue from operations was at Rs 13,048.71 crore (in fiscal year 2018) and Rs 11,618.69 crore (in fiscal year 2017).
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Apple, which has been facing tough competition from China's OnePlus in the Indian market - continues to place big bets on India. After the Indian government had relaxed FDI norms offering more flexibility on local sourcing norms, Apple had said it is keen on offering online and in-store experiences to Indian users that are at par with its global standards and aims to open its maiden retail store in India.
Apple, which offers its iPhones in the premium segment, had made an entry into the top 10 smartphone brands tally in the July-September 2019 quarter due to price cuts on XR model along with good channel demand for of its newly launched iPhone 11, a report by Counterpoint had recently said.
However, OnePlus continued to hold onto the number one spot in the premium category in the said quarter, the report added.
In September, the Indian government exhorted Apple to expand its manufacturing base in India, and use the country as export hub, as it promised to line up fresh incentives and sops to galvanise electronics as well as the phone industry in coming two to three months.
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