Indian companies shut factories, issue profit warnings

A large number of manufacturing companies in India have informed that they are shutting down their plants in accordance to the government’s action plan to combat Coronavirus COVID 19, with some warning that this will impact earnings. “The domestic industry is being impacted in unprecedented ways with increasing levels of uncertainty,” said Polycab Industries, one […]

India tops world in job loss worries, Indian firms least trusted

A survey by global image consultants Edelman has found that Indians are significantly more worried about losing their jobs than people in any other country, while those in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and Germany are the least worried. The survey, which was conducted among 34,000 people in 28 countries, also found that Indian companies were […]

IT, BPO hiring continues to be strong despite slowdown – Naukri index

New jobs posted on Naukri.com, India’s largest recruitment website, showed an increase of 8% in September compared to the same month last year. However, the headline number was boosted by strong demand for IT and BPO professionals, even as other sectors showed weakness. The biggest declines were shown in the automobile sector, which saw 20% […]

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 […]

Naveen Jindal says slowdown won’t stop JSPL turnaround

Naveen Jindal, chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, one of India’s biggest steelmakers, today said the country is going through an economic slowdown, but assured investors that his company would continue to improve profits and reduce debt. Like its peers in the infrastructure and construction businesses, JSPL has very high levels of debt. During […]

Big cut in interest rate needed to revive real estate sector -Anarock

Anuj Puri, chairman of Anarock Property Consultants, today called on the Reserve Bank of India to go for a cut of at least half a percentage point in the overnight interest rate to ensure that the real estate sector is revived. The call comes in the wake of a global slowdown in consumption and investment, […]

Vistara, Air Asia lead losses in FY19; Vistara loses Rs 1.33/km

Air India Express, the no frills airline that is part of the Air India family, was the only one to make money in the financial year gone by, while others lost between 3 paise to 2.88 rupees for every kilometer that their passengers traveled during the year. As expected, the biggest loser among the big […]

Jaitley blames ‘sudden and unusual’ demand for cash crunch

Finance minister Arun Jaitley blamed a ‘sudden and unusual’ increase in the demand for cash for causing a scarcity in currency notes in some states. Commenting on the reports that banks are running short of cash in many states such as Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, Jaitley said he has reviewed the […]

Manufacturing sentiment steady in Q3; Auto, Cap Goods, Metals bullish

FICCI’s latest quarterly survey on Manufacturing indicates a pause in the steady improvement seen in optimism on quarterly production levels. The percentage of respondents expecting production in the current quarter (Oct-Dec) to be higher than last quarter fell to 47% from 50% three months ago. It is among the lowest scores in the last two-and-a-half […]

GST complaints coming mainly from tax-evaders – Adi Godrej

Adi Godrej, chairman of one of India’s largest manufacturing and real estate groups, said most of the complaints about the new Goods and Services Tax is coming from businesses that have been built on a model of tax evasion. “The complaints about the GST are mainly coming from people who used to evade taxes in […]