COMPANIES & SECTORS


Moneylife Digital Team 28 December 2011
The compulsory digitisation will pave the way out for economic retention for the sector which is highly fragmented due analog mode of distribution. Once the mandatory digitisation of the cable television materializes, the Indian Cable and Satellite industry (C&S) will be benefited by gaining...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 December 2011
According to the report, hygiene awareness, health, personal grooming and convenience seems to be the driving force behind increased consumption in middle India ‘Middle India’, a region made of about 400 towns with a population of one to 10 lakh each, has outperformed all-India fast-moving...

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Alekh Angre 26 December 2011
Prices of pulses, like yellow peas, chana, tur, urad, moong are falling since June due to adequate supply from the domestic market and imports. The trend would remain stable till monsoon next year, say experts Despite dip in the production, the prices of essential pulses such as yellow peas,...

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William Gamble William Gamble 26 December 2011
A burst real estate bubble in emerging markets would be far more severe and would last much longer. The reason is simple. The legal plumbing in these countries, including foreclosures and bankruptcy laws, is either deficient at best or nonexistent at worst It took some time, but they are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 December 2011
The Indian government now wants to declare 3G roaming pacts as illegal but kept mum in July while Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were signing agreements to share 3G spectrum The ministry of telecommunication has said that mobile operators would not be allowed to offer third generation...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 December 2011
Average inventory dated back 2.5 months as on 30th November, as per a research report The festive season seems dim for the FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sector. A report by Emkay Global Financial Services has revealed that inventory in the consumer goods sector is piling up. On an...

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Alekh Angre 22 December 2011
Onion prices for traders have fallen to Rs600 per quintal on Wednesday from Rs1,200 per quintal earlier this month however there is little change in retail prices Exactly a year after it made consumers to cry, onion prices are now causing losses to farmers. Last December, amidst the high...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 21 December 2011
Luxury car makers struggle to survive, finds Veeresh Malik Another German brand, in this case the Maybach version of Mercedes-Benz, is withdrawing from India in less than a year. As a matter of fact, Benz appears to be fading out globally also, but it has been a double whammy for it in...

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Moneylife Digital team 20 December 2011
Ambani is in talks to buy Network 18, says Wall Street Journal. Earlier D E Shaw, (which has a joint venture with Reliance) bought 14% stake in NDTV Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, India’s biggest private sector conglomerate, is apparently in talks to buy Network 18, the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 December 2011
Although power generation increased during November, the coal supply situation is grim with 48 out of 89 plants facing sub-critical inventory levels According to official data, power generation in November rose 14% across India on better fuel availability and impressive monsoon. However,...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 15 December 2011
Indian firms have been quick to beat the Chinese brands, finds Veeresh Malik The good thing about living in the national capital region (NCR) (Delhi) is that while the centre of automobile R&D as well as manufacturing is shifting closer to the seaports, the testing as well as service...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 December 2011
Retail giant, which wanted to enter the retail space in India, is investigating possible bribe to foreign officials Global giant Walmart, which has been lobbying for entering organised retail in India, has begun an internal investigation about executives possibly having bribed foreign...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 December 2011
Group buying sites, a PE-funded mania, are about to die as fast they came up. Taggle.com has shut down and group offers for spa and beauty treatment have no takers Taggle.com, the group-buying site launched in June last year has closed down citing adverse market conditions and price war among...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 December 2011
The face saving act by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government and the show of strength by the opposition seems to have defeated and denied consumers a chance to buy good quality items at reasonable rates The deadlock in Parliament created on the issue of allowing 51% foreign direct investment...

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Rajendra K Aneja 05 December 2011
Over the next 25 years, despite the liberalisation, hypermarkets will not account for more than 25% to 30% of India’s retail business. The dreaded phantom of swamping by large retailers is a figment of political imagination “I could dance all night,” exclaimed my soulmate Patricia to me when...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 December 2011
Deepak Parek, Chairman of HDFC and Dr Ashok Ganguly, former chairman of Hindustan Lever and member of Rajya Sabha, have jointly issued a statement on Sunday afternoon supporting the government move to invite foreign investment in retailing Even as the government is dithering about its decision...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 30 November 2011
The small farmer stands to gain little from allowing FDI, because no matter how much we wish, middlemen are not going to disappear while retailers need to focus on post-harvest businesses Media discussion on allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail looks sharply polarised. While one...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 29 November 2011
Kingfisher’s ploy to grab policymakers’ attention by cancelling flights almost worked this time, but the government did a quick about-turn when it sparked national outrage and angry protests When is the last time in India’s known history that the prime minister and the aviation minister...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 29 November 2011
Ratan Tata’s successor is no surprise As this column goes to press, the quiet 43-year-old Cyrus Mistry has been anointed heir to the Tata business empire, bringing to an end years of speculation over who will step into Ratan Tata’s shoes. The elaborate search for a successor has been on...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 November 2011
Despite increased prices in Chennai and Bangalore, sentiments are turning buoyant on back of speculations that there will be no further hike in interest rates. However, sentiments in Mumbai and the NCR continue to remain sluggish as there are no external triggers to change the price volume...

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