CORONAVIRUS: Kerala to allow online sales of liquor

With a 21-day lockdown on people movement coming into place overnight, the Kerala government has taken an in-principle decision to allow the sale of liquor via the Internet. A decision in this respect was taken at today’s meeting of the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, according to local media reports. Liquor […]

Blackstone invests Rs 1,750 cr into Future Lifestyle Fashions

Kishore Biyani owned Future Group announced that US-based private equity firm Blackstone will take a 6% stake in its fashion/garments unit, Future Lifestyle Fashions, by investing ₹1,750cr ($250 mln) into Ryka Commercial Ventures Pvt Ltd, the holding company of FLFL, and directly into FLFL. Blackstone joins other groups such as L Catterton, Premji Invest and […]

Dabur feels ‘sustained slowdown’, ‘liquidity crunch’ in the market

Dabur India, the country’s largest maker of fast-moving consumer goods based on traditional recipes and systems, reported a sequential slowdown in sales for the September quarter due to tight financial conditions. On a year-on-year basis, the company was still able to report a 4% growth. The Domestic FMCG business reported an underlying volume growth of […]

Reliance to offer up to 25% discount on electronics

Reliance Retail, which runs chains such as Reliance Digital and Jio Store, said it will offer 15% cashback on its full range of electronic goods as a part of its Diwali sale. Electronic accessories, such as headphones, will also get an additional discount of 10%, taking the total benefit to 25%. The offers are available […]

Amazon, Flipkart festival sales beat slowdown blues, US firm claims No.1 spot

Amazon, the US-based online retailer, released a bunch of numbers on the final day of its five-day festival sale to paint a surprisingly rosy picture of its performance during the biggest sales event of the annual online calendar. Notable among the numbers was a 15-fold jump in the sales of smartphones during the sale period, […]

Amazon slowed investment into India due to protectionism – Wilbur Ross

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today said that e-commerce giant Amazon, one of the biggest foreign investors in India, had scaled down its plans for investments in this country after the government came up with new, protectionist and restrictive ecommerce rules. In what was seen as a nasty blow to the likes of Walmart […]

COLUMN: Why we should welcome a recession

Subramanian Swamy is often accused of propagating outlandish ideas and suggestions, but at least on the issue of addressing a slowdown in India’s GDP growth, he seems to be closer to the truth than India’s ruling establishment. Both Sitharaman and Swamy are united in recognizing the need for a ‘stimulus’ to nudge the economy from […]

Flipkart starts rolling out free Amazon Prime-like video service

Flipkart, Amazon’s biggest competitor in India, has started rolling out a video streaming service on its mobile app similar to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. The service is very similar to other streaming apps, and offers videos classified into different sections based on genres and languages. Both movie and non-movie content are available. Non-movie content, […]

Dabur launches Babool Ayurveda toothpaste

Dabur, one of India’s biggest consumer brands specializing in products based on Ayurveda, today launched Babool Ayurvedic, a new variant of Babool, the most popular herbal toothpaste in India. Babool paste is named after Babool, the Hindi name for Acacia, which forms one of the ingredients. Even rivals like Patanjali and Himalaya have launched many […]

Amazon buys into Quess Corp’s repairing unit

Quess Corp, a provider of logistical, staffing and infrastructural solutions to businesses in India, said it has entered into an agreement with international e-commerce giant Amazon.com relating to investment in and operations of an electronics aftersales company. Though the finer details of the agreement were not revealed, the agreement could be aimed at diversifying the […]

Gurgaon beats Mumbai, Bangalore; dominates Indian e-commerce

Haryana, home to Gurgaon — the prosperous suburb of Delhi — has emerged as the unlikely champion of e-commerce in India, beating back heavyweights such as Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. According to tax numbers — which reflect all e-commerce transactions for which payment is made online — Haryana accounted for a whopping 19.29% of all […]

Tata Sons to invest Rs 950 cr in Trent to fund Star, Westside, Zudio

Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, will invest Rs 950 cr into Trent, the retail arm of the group. The money will be used to fund the expansion of the group’s Westside, Star and Zudio retail chains, Trent said. Star is a super market chain, while Zudio and Westside are clothing retailers. […]

Blue Star launches 34 water purifier models priced from Rs 7.9k

Air conditioning and Refrigeration manufacturer Blue Star Limited said it launched 34 models of residential water purifiers with RO, UV, RO UV, RO+UV technologies. The company also said that it also plans to invest about Rs 30 crores on water purifiers in FY20. The offering, under brands such as Stella, Prisma, Imperia and Eleanor, have […]

JLR retail sales down by 12.2% in May

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK subsidiary of Tata Motors, reported a decline of 12.2% in retail sales in May due to ‘lower sales in China, overseas market and Europe’. It sold 42,370 units in May 2019, down 5,911 units from the same month last year. This compares to a decline of 13.3% posted in April […]

Aditya Birla Fashion buys ethnic retailer for Rs 110 crore including debt

Fashion and lifestyle company Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd said that it will acquire Jaypore E-Commerce Private Ltd, which sells “handmade, handwoven and handcrafted apparel, jewellery, home textiles and accents”, for Rs 110 crore including debt. Aditya Birla Group did not break out the equity component of the company’s valuation, nor did it give […]

Godrej sells Nature’s Basket to Spencer’s Retail

Godrej Group has sold its grocery chain Nature’s Basket to Kolkata-based Spencer’s Retail, part of the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. Spencer’s Retail is especially strong in Chennai and Bangalore, and has also recently acquired another South Indian player Foodworld. The financial consideration for the sale was not revealed by Godrej. Godrej, for which Nature’s Basket […]

Jubilant FoodWorks continues to close Dunkin Donuts’ stores

Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd (JFL) continued to trim its Dunkin Donuts’ chain in Jan-Mar quarter, even as it continued to expand its flagship Dominos pizza chain. The food service company, which opened its first Dunkin Donuts store in New Delhi in 2012, has been cutting down its Dunkin Donuts outlets for the last several years in […]