Canon hikes DSLR camera prices; to miss growth target for 2013
Sep 01 2013 , New Delhi
While the company has already raised prices of its DSLR cameras last week, it will undertake another round of 5 per cent price hike of both its consumer and B2B product categories in October.
"There is a huge pressure on our margins due to the rupee depreciation. While we have absorbed some parts, at the current rate we need to pass some of the burden to consumers. We have already hiked the price of our DSLR cameras by 6 per cent from August 30," Canon India Executive Vice-President Alok Bharadwaj told PTI.
The rupee has depreciated 20 per cent in the last three months and 25 per cent from last year, he added.
Canon's DSLR cameras are available at a price of around Rs 29,000 to Rs 4.55 lakh in India.
The price hike in October will be across both consumer and B2B, including copiers and IT peripherals.
"In July, we had increased prices of B2B items by 5 per cent but the consumer category was not touched, but this time we will have to increase as we have no option," Bharadwaj said.
Companies are facing the double impact of slowdown in overall economic growth, which has affected demand badly, and rupee depreciation, he added.
"There is not much of investment and expansion happening in the B2B segment. On the consumer side, people are also not spending much," he said.
When asked if this would affect the company's growth forecast, Bharadwaj said: "This year we will have a flat growth and our sales will be the same as last year at Rs 1,850 crore. We cannot achieve the 25 per cent growth we had envisaged in the beginning of this
year. Even the forecast for next year is not very bright from a macro-economic point."
In January this year, the company had said it expected to clock 25 per cent growth, taking its revenues to Rs 2,350 crore by the end of 2013. It had also set a target of becoming a $ one billion entity by 2016.