Wal-Mart looking to open 40 more stores: Sharma

    Wal-Mart looking to open 40 more stores: Sharma

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    Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world’s largest retailer, plans to open 40 more stores in the country, the Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr , said here today.

    In India, Wal-Mart has a wholesale with the . The first wholesale store was opened in Amritsar on May 30 this year.

    “I had a meeting with the Wal-Mart Chairman. They are very much satisfied with the results in India. I was informed by Wal-Mart CEO that they are looking at opening more stores. He gave the figure of 40 more across the country in immediate future”, Mr Sharma told reporters at the 25th India Economic Summit here.

    He said that this would be a positive development both from the farmers’ perspective and also from the point of view of employment. “We should be looking at more investments from such ventures — farm to the fork”, Mr Sharma said.

    The Wal-Mart Chairman, Mr Robson Walton, was in New Delhi last week. He had met the Prime Minister, Dr .

    Later this month, the Prime Minister is due to make an official visit to the US. The Commerce and Industry Minister indicated that both sides could during the visit sign a memorandum of understanding for strengthening the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) regime.

    India and the US are also in talks for signing a bilateral investment agreement, Mr Sharma added.

    Source: The Hindu Business Line