Friday, June 19, 2009

Retail may lose Rs 400cr FDI

Indian retail may lose foreign direct investment of up to Rs 400 crore this fiscal because of last week's recommendations by the Parliamentary Panel on Commerce, which has opposed further leeway to the entry of international retail brands in the country.

According to global consultancy KPMG, many major Indian retail players are also likely to be affected if the report's recommendations are implemented, while some foreign players might cut down their investment plans. "After the IKEA debacle, India Inc could lose as much as another Rs 400 crore in 2009-10 due to the stand in the parliamentary report," KPMG Advisory Service manager Anand Ramanathan said.

IKEA, the Swedish home furnishing major, had last week announced its decision to shelve plans for venturing into single format retailing in India following the panel report. Following IKEA's decision, other foreign retailers are also likely to re-visit their plans.

"Carrefour, Cartier, Armani, Tesco and UK-based Curry's and Sports Direct International could be some of the foreign retail players to cut down their investment in India following the government's FDI policy on retail," Ramanathan said.

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