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FDI in single brand retail to boost demand for commercial space in India

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The Government’s decision to grant 100 per cent FDI for single brand retail would boost demand for retail space from foreign brands looking to set up stores in India, according to property developers and consultants.

“Allowing 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail trading is sure to boost the demand for retail spaces in the country,” Abhishek Bansal, Executive Director, Pacific Group was quoted by PTI as saying.

According to a PTI report: Stating that commercial properties have been in demand from last few years, he said the demand would further increase as lot of foreign players would like to open up direct stores in the country or look forward to handing out franchises to deserving players.

Pankaj Renjhen, Managing Director, Retail, JLL India, said the Government’s decision to grant 100 per cent FDI for single brand retail is a major step in providing quantum growth to retail sector.

“The timing for this announcement is significant as the retail sector is poised to receive significant real estate supply in the near future. After a prolonged period of slowdown in the retail sector over the last few years, we saw strong comeback with developers and investors betting high on the sector,” he was further quoted by PTI as saying.

As per industry estimates, Indian retail sector is pegged at Rs 1 trillion by 2020 at an estimated CAGR of 15 per cent, Renjhen said, adding that this move would be a strong catalyst for the sector to reach and exceed its potential in India.

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