Reliance retail reported a net profit of Rs 2,247 crore on income of Rs 47,064 crore for the fiscal fourth quarter.
For the fiscal 12 months ended March 31, it posted a virtually flat net profit at Rs 5,481 crore and a 3.3% fall in income at Rs 157,629 crore. The previous fiscal 12 months was a difficult one for retailers resembling Reliance as customers prevented malls and excessive avenue, earlier than demand picked up in latter half of the 12 months.
“It was an unprecedented year because of the challenging operating context,” Dinesh Thapar, group chief monetary officer of Reliance Retail, stated on an earnings name. “Only 80% of our stores were open and the footfalls we saw were 65% of pre-Covid levels. The first quarter was pretty much washed out and second quarter (was) heavily constrained by the situation and only in the third and fourth quarters that we started to see some operating conditions.”
Despite the pandemic, Reliance Retail opened 1,456 shops in the 12 months, taking the full variety of retailers to greater than 12,000, overlaying over 33 million sq ft. Last 12 months, Reliance Retail had accomplished the “largest fundraise exercise in the sector”, elevating Rs 47,265 crore from world personal fairness funds, valuing the corporate at greater than Rs 4.2 lakh crore.