Maruti Suzuki’s September sales decline 20.8 percent

October 1st, 2011 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Hit by labour issues and dampened consumer sentiment, automobile major Maruti Suzuki Saturday reported a decline of 20.8 percent in its sales for the month of September, at 85,565 units as against 108,006 units in the same period of last fiscal.

According to the company, the disruption in its production facility at Manesar, Haryana, due to labour issues had severely impacted sales and distribution.

“The disruption in production owing to the labour issue at the company’s Manesar plant during September adversely impacted the sales numbers during the month,” the company said in a statement.

The Manesar plant manufactures Swift, SX4 and A-star cars.

Segment-wise, the company reported a decline of 23.5 percent in its best-selling compact class brands such as Maruti 800, Alto, A-Star and WagonR with the total sales at 37,324 as against 48,780 in the same period of 2009-10.

The sales of mid-size compact car segment, which includes brands such as Swift, Estilo and Ritz, came down by 9.3 percent at 19,722 units as compared to 21,749 units in the corresponding month of last fiscal.

Cars such as Dzire too reported a decrease of 9.9 percent in sales at 9,411 units from 8,566 units reported in September, 2010.

Sales of sedan segment cars including SX4 declined dramatically by 90 percent in the month under-review and stood at 196 units as compared to 1,965 units in the same period in 2010.

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