Hot money may be pressurising emerging markets

Short-term and frequent capital flows into emerging markets have brought big pressure on governments to manage capital.

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    Trent plans two-five more stores by end of March

    With an investment of Rs7 crore per store, the company plans five new stores by March 2010 and another seven to nine in the next fiscal year

    Tata group company Trent Hypermarket Ltd, which owns Star Bazaar, plans to open two to five more stores by March 2010.
    “We are planning to add two to five more retail stores by the end of this financial year. The investment per store would be Rs7 crore,” said Gordon Reid, chief operating officer, Trent.

    “We are rapidly expanding and thus plan to add seven to nine stores by the next financial year,” Mr Reid added.

    The new stores will come up at Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, Mr Reid said, adding that the company will over the next one year, focus on the southern and western regions.

    The retail chain has four stores in India. Star Bazaar’s first hypermarket store was started in Ahmedabad in 2004. It has another two operational stores in Mumbai and one in Bengaluru.

    The company has shortlisted Ahmedabad and Bengaluru for opening two of its planned stores.
    On Star Bazaar's revenues, Mr Reid said that same-store sales grew by 41% this fiscal (for nine months) as compared to the same period last fiscal.

    "We have done well in all categories of products; FMCG and general merchandise have been extremely good," he said.

    Star Bazaar offers a wide arrange of apparel, sourced from different parts of the country, under a number of private labels.


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    Financial closure of Gammon’s berth at Paradip port likely by March

    Gammon Infrastructure’s iron ore berth planned at Paradip port in Orissa will see financial closure by March 2010

    The iron ore berth planned at Paradip port in Orissa will see financial closure by March 2010, say company officials from Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd (GIPL). Along with the port project, two other projects in roads and hydro-power are also likely to achieve financial closure.

    “We will see financial closure for the Paradip port project, the Muzzaffar–Patna road project and the hydro-power project in Sikkim by March 2010,” said Parvez Umrigar, managing director, GIPL.

    GIPL, in a consortium with Noble Group and Minerals and Metals Trading Corp (MMTC), is developing a deep draught iron ore berth at Paradip port in Orissa. This Rs505 crore build-operate-transfer (BOT) project was awarded to the consortium in July 2009.The concession period for this project is 30 years, including the construction period of 3 years.

    GIPL’s 66MW hydro-power project in Sikkim will also achieve financial closure by March 2010. The power project is being developed by GIPL’s wholly owned subsidiary Sikkim Hydro Power Ventures Ltd. The concession period of this project is 35 years, excluding the construction period. The hydro project has been with GIPL since 2007.

    GIPL also plans financial closure for its Patna-Muzzaffar road project by March 2010. The road is being developed on a BOT annuity basis. This Rs900-crore project is being developed by a wholly owned subsidiary of GIPL. The company had received the notification of interest (NOI) for this project from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in October 2009. NHAI currently is in the land-acquisition process for the project. The concession agreement for this project is likely to be signed by January or latest by February 2010.

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