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Procter & Gamble Warns of Higher Costs and Slower Sales

Procter & Gamble Co. gave a somber outlook for the yr forward, predicting slower gross sales and traditionally excessive prices for uncooked supplies and transportation as inflation picks up and the worldwide well being disaster continues.

The maker of Pampers diapers and Tide detergent posted gross sales features in nearly each enterprise unit in the latest quarter, although development slowed and revenue margins tightened as the corporate spent extra to make and ship its merchandise.

The outcomes come a day after P&G introduced that David Taylor would step down in November as chief executive after a six-year run. He will likely be changed by high deputy Jon Moeller, who has been P&G’s chief working officer for the previous two years and was beforehand its finance chief.

“Commodities and value strain have escalated considerably,” Mr. Taylor mentioned in an interview. “You could have a troublesome exterior atmosphere and a pandemic that’s raging; many elements of the world are on the worst they’ve ever been.”

P&G expects to take a $1.9 billion after-tax hit on increased freight and commodity prices and predicts gross sales development to gradual by half for the fiscal yr that started July 1. Rival Unilever PLC mentioned final week it was grappling with higher costs for substances, packaging and transportation, which might possible decrease its full-year profitability.

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