Footwear maker Bata India has posted a first quarter net loss of INR146 million, widened 123 per cent from a loss of INR66m in the same period a year ago.

The company, India's largest shoe manufacturer, attributed the loss to higher input costs and advertisement spending during the quarter.

This translated to a 12 per cent year-on-year jump in expenses to INR1.54 billion for the quarter.

Despite the downturn, first quarter sales grew six per cent to INR1.62bn, up from INR1.53bn in the corresponding period last year.