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 […]

Rajesh Exports opens Shubh Jewellers outlet in Mangalore

Jewellery manufacturer Rajesh Exports opened its 82nd gold showroom under the Shubh Jewellers brand name in Mangalore. Launched in 2012 by Rajesh Exports, Shubh Jewellers enjoys a strong presence in South India, especially Karnataka. The company claims to have one of the world’s largest active jewellery design databases of around 29,000 designs. “We are planning […]

Mukesh Ambani: Reliance Jio To “Shortly Launch” E-Commerce Venture With 3 Cr Sellers

Even as Amazon and Flipkart find their business models crippled by new changes in the law, India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani announced that his upcoming e-commerce venture will partner with 3 cr sellers, making it the biggest such platform in the country by number of sellers. “Jio and Reliance Retail will shortly launch a unique […]

Rajesh Exports gets Rs 933 cr order from UAE jewelry firm

Jewelry manufacturer Rajesh Exports said it has won an order for jewelry worth Rs 933 Crores from a UAE-based firm. The order is for its new design jewelry, and will be supplied from its manufacturing facility. It order has to be fulfilled by March. The company had recently introduced new designs in the international markets which […]

Reliance Industries to enlist local stores to fight Flipkart, Amazon

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries group, today said that his company is working on creating a pan-India e-commerce platform that will help small, offline shops compete with players like Amazon and Flipkart. The platform will work by making the inventory of small shops available for purchase online using a sophisticated web and app interface […]

Future Supply Chain posts strong sales growth for Q2

Future Supply Chain Solutions Limited, the logistics arm of the biggest large-format retail chain in the country, continued to report strong growth on the top line and improving profits, but expenses too largely kept pace. The company’s revenue from operations grew by 34.4% on year to Rs 276.2 cr for the September quarter, an increase […]

Zydus confirms Heinz India buy for Rs 4,595 cr; gets Complan, Glucon D

Zydus Wellness, the consumer healthcare arm of Zydus Cadila, said it has agreed to acquire Heinz India Private Ltd, the Indian unit of global FMCG major Kraft Heinz. The transaction, which will be carried out in association with Cadila Healthcare Ltd, values Heinz India at Rs 4595 cr, the company said. Heinz India’s business comprises the brands Complan, Glucon D, […]

Kerala Blasters gets sponsorship from Havells India

Kerala Blasters, one of the prominent teams in Indian Soccer League, has signed up Havells India brand ‘Standard’ as one of its co-sponsors. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. However, it should come as a positive for the new owners of the team — Nimmagadda Prasad, Chiranjeevi and Allu Arvind, who took over […]

Puravankara firm buys Metro Cash & Carry’s 7.6 acre in Bangalore for Rs 405 cr

Puravankara Ltd, one of India’s largest real estate developers, said one of its associate companies will buy a 7.6 acre plot in Bangalore’s Yeshwantpur from international retailer Metro to develop a commercial complex. The deal will be carried out through Keppel Puravankara Development Private Limited, a joint venture between Puravankara and Singapore’s Keppel Land in which the […]

MCA orders inspection into Vakrangee’s accounts

Vakrangee Ltd, the Mumbai-based technology and distribution company, said the ministry of corporate affairs of India has ordered an inspection of its accounts for three years, and that PricewaterHouse will step down as the company auditor as part of the exercise. The inspection will be carried out under section 206 of the Companies Act. The […]

Infibeam plunges to Q1 loss as payment outgoes jump

Infibeam Avenues, one of India’s largest home-grown e-commerce companies, reported a standalone loss of Rs 14 cr for the first quarter due to a sharp increase in payment gateway charges. While operating revenue for the Apr-Jun quarter increased sequentially by Rs 5.3 cr to Rs 91.34 cr, payment gateway charges jumped by a whopping Rs […]

Future Retail margin improves as co sheds unprofitable outlets

Future Retail, the country’s largest brick-and-mortal retailer with over 1,100 stores, reported an overall improvement in its profits margins in the Apr-June quarter. The improvement was largely the result of a slight dip in operating expenses, even as sales fell as the company shut unprofitable outlets. Excluding such stores, sales improved 7.1% on year. Net […]

PVR opens 4-seat multiplex at Phoenix United Mall in Bareilly

PVR Cinemas said it has opened its 137th multiplex at Phoenix United Mall in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. With this, said India’s largest cinema exhibitor, it now has 13 multiplexes in Uttar Pradesh. The company has also increased the total multiplexes in North India to 49. The latest property will have four screens, taking the total screens […]

AYUSH ministry objects to HUL’s AYUSH brand

Government of India has raised objections to the use of AYUSH as a trademark, said Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. The objection is based on the contention that the abbreviation for the ministry’s name is also AYUSH, and is used by the government in official communications and publications. […]

Dabur reports strong sales growth, margins decline QoQ

Nature-based consumer products maker Dabur India reported 24.6% growth in net profit for the first quarter, riding the trend of rising sales. However, the company, which faces tough competition from Patanjali Ayurved, reported a dip in profits when compared with the preceding quarter. The primary reason for the sequential decline was a sharp increase in […]

RIL invests Rs 9.5 cr in Gurgaon-based Fashion startup

Reliance Industries, the parent of Reliance Retail, said it has acquired a 12.5% stake in a fashion company called Future101 Design Pvt Ltd at a cost of Rs 9.5 cr. The Gurgaon-based company designs and manufactures garments such as ladies kurtis and men’s shirts. “Future101, incorporated in July, 2013 is engaged in manufacturing, distribution and […]