Cement prices in central India buck the trend in October
The cement industry’s challenge of subdued trends in price realizations continues, trickling into the third quarter of the fiscal year.
All-India cement prices declined in October by ₹2/bag on a month-on-month basis to ₹326/bag, showed a recent market assessment by brokerage Kotak Institutional Equities. One cement bag weighs 50kg.
Compared to the previous month, prices declined the most in the east by ₹5/bag to ₹330/bag; ₹4/bag in the south to ₹343/bag; and ₹3/bag in the north to ₹301/bag in October.
While the west did see a marginal price increase of ₹2/bag over the previous month, it was driven by a handful of cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
Prices in cities such as Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot fell by ₹5-10/bag, said the Kotak report.
Central India, on the other hand, saw prices improve from the earlier month. Cement prices in this region increased by ₹3/bag month-on-month to ₹331/bag.
Prices increased by close to ₹5-10/bag in Uttar Pradesh in cities such as Lucknow, Meerut and Faizabad, while prices were steady in a few cities such as Bhopal.
According to analysts, better demand conditions in central India compared to other markets is aiding prices. However, demand continues to be largely driven by government spending on infrastructure activities.