Sun Plunges To Quarterly Loss, Outlook Challenging
Sun Pharma, India’s biggest drug firm, slid into the red in the first quarter, hit by a hefty legal payout, regulatory woes and a dramatic drop in US sales, and company founder Dilip Shanghvi said while he expected a “gradual improvement” in performance, the outlook remained challenging.
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