Foreigners eye varied retail types: Biyani

    Foreigners eye varied retail types: Biyani

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    India’s top listed retailer Pantaloon Retail, part of the , on Monday said global and Asian retailers are interested in various retail formats in India and the interest is not just in food retail.

    On Friday, India took an important step towards opening up its $450 billion retail sector to foreign players such as U.S.-based Wal-Mart.

    A majority of members of a committee of top bureaucrats, set up to evaluate opening up the multi-brand retail sector — or stores which sell more than one brand — agreed to recommend to the cabinet allowing foreign firms to take a 51 per cent stake in such enterprises.

    Departmental stores, fashion, electronics, convenience, supermarkets, electronics and home improvement are all witnessing interest and its not just on the food side which has been talked about so much, , group chief executive and managing director said.

    While the interest in the hypermarket format is from the larger retailers in the world, Asian retailers have shown interest in departmental, electronics and home formats.

    India currently allows 51 per cent foreign investment in single-brand retailers and 100 per cent of wholesale operations.

    Once the FDI policy is cleared, for the industry we can expect some transaction in the next six months, Kishore Biyani said.

    Organised retail accounts for just 6 per cent of the total in India, and is growing at an estimated 20 per cent a year.

    At 11.26 a.m., shares of Pantaloon Retail, which rose nearly 8 per cent in early trade, was up 1.74 per cent at 339 rupees in a choppy Mumbai market.

    Source – The Financial Express