New Delhi, May 3 -- Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), India's largest consumer packaged goods firm by sales, on Friday reported 7% drop in volume growth in the fourth quarter.

Net profit registered 13% growth at Rs.1,538 crore, against Rs.1,351 crore in the corresponding quarter of the year-ago period.

Earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization (EBITA) margins was up by 90 basis points.

In the preceding quarter volumes grew at 11% on the back of a lower base a year-ago, which was impacted due to demonetization.

"We have delivered a strong performance for the quarter despite some moderation in rural market growth," said Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director of the company.

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