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Flipkart, PhonePe continue to experience strong growth in Q1, says Walmart CEO

It had also entered into a commercial partnership with the Adani Group to strengthen logistics and data centre.

PTI | New Delhi |

Flipkart and its payment app PhonePe continue to experience strong growth in the first quarter of 2021-22 in the Indian market, US retail giant Walmart said on Tuesday.

Walmart International, – which includes the company’s operations in markets like India, China, Japan, Africa, Canada, the UK, Mexico, Canada and Chile – had posted an 8.3 per cent decline to USD 27.3 billion.

This was “negatively affected by government-mandated restrictions in certain markets, said Walmart in its post earning statement.

However, in Q1 Walmart International retained market growth of 5.1 per cent. This was led by strength in Flipkart and Canada and eCommerce, which contributed 16 per cent of the total net sales of the division.

“In India, for the first quarter, Flipkart and PhonePe continue to experience strong growth, said Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillan in first-quarter earnings result call.

At Flipkart monthly active users and consumers are key metrics and were performing well, he said.

Last month, Walmart-owned Flipkart had announced to acquire 100 per cent of Cleartrip’s shareholding of the online travel technology company. This further enhances its investments to strengthen its digital commerce offerings for customers, he said.

Our recent announcement of our intent to acquire clear trip, a leading online travel company underscores our commitment to transform the customers experience through digital commerce, said McMillan.

It had also entered into a commercial partnership with the Adani Group to strengthen logistics and data centre.

We need to continue to add new capabilities including such areas as logistics and data storage. The recently announced partnership with Adani group would help us to do just that, McMillan said.

The Bentonville-based company saw its total revenue rising 2.7 per cent to USD 138.3 billion in the fourth quarter.

Walmart’s net sales in the US, which is its biggest market, was up 5 per cent to USD 93.2 billion in the reported quarter from USD 88.7 billion in the year-ago period.

This was a strong quarter. Every segment performed well, and we’re encouraged by traffic and grocery market share trends. Our optimism is higher than it was at the beginning of the year, said Doug McMillan.

Walmart Inc owns a majority share in Flipkart. It had invested USD 16 billion in 2018 in the Bengaluru-based e-commerce platform.