“We are prioritizing employee health and safety, maximizing availability of P&G products, which play an essential role in meeting the daily health, hygiene and cleaning needs of consumers around the world, and helping society meet the challenges of the COVID crisis. We expect to grow through this crisis and come out even stronger on the other side,” said David Taylor, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We delivered strong, balanced sales and profit results in fiscal 2020, both pre-COVID and through the balance of the year, meeting or exceeding each of our going-in targets, demonstrating the commitment and agility of P&G people and the robustness of our strategy.”
Net sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 were $17.7 billion, an increase of four percent versus the prior year.
Beauty segment net sales remained flat versus a year ago. Skin and Personal Care organic sales decreased low single digits primarily driven by negative product mix due to double digits decline of the super-premium SK-II brand driven by pandemic related travel disruptions. This was partially offset by increased volume in Personal Cleansing due to innovation and increased consumer demand for cleansing and degerming products. Hair Care organic sales increased high single digits driven by strong innovation and retail execution in North America and China, increased pricing due in part to a reduction in promotional activity and retailer inventory restocking.
Grooming segment net sales increased five percent versus year ago. Shave Care organic sales decreased mid-single digits driven by volume decreases due to the pandemic related reduction in shaving frequency in certain markets. Appliances organic sales increased double digits due to innovation and increased demand for at-home shaving and styling products.
Health Care segment net sales increased one percent versus the prior year. Oral Care organic sales decreased low single digits primarily due to reduced volumes in certain regions due to temporary retail outlet closures, including electronics stores and dentist offices, partially offset by positive mix impact due to the relatively higher growth of premium products. Personal Health Care organic sales increased double digits due to increased consumer demand, retailer inventory increases in certain markets, product innovation and increased marketing investments.
Home Care organic sales increased more than 30% driven by the increased consumer demand for home cleaning and dish washing products, innovation, positive product and geographic mix and higher net pricing due mainly to reduced promotional activity. Baby, Feminine and Family Care segment organic sales increased five percent versus year ago.
Moving forward, the company expects fiscal 2021 all-in sales growth in the range of one to three percent versus the prior fiscal year. This includes an estimated one percent negative impact from foreign exchange.