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Last Updated: August 27, 2015
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•India has occupied a remarkable position in global retail rankings; the country has high market potential, low economic risk, and moderate political risk
•In market potential, India ranks eleventh (after United States, China, Canada, UK, Brazil, Germany, Austria and Mexico)
•India's net retail sales are quite significant among emerging and developed nations; the country is ranked third (after China and Brazil
•Overall, given its high growth potential, India compares favourably with global peers among foreign investors
Last Updated: August, 2015
SECTORAL REPORT | August, 2015
The Indian retail industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fast-paced industries due to the entry of several new players. It accounts for over 10 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and around 8 per cent of the employment. India is the world’s fifth-largest global destination in the retail space.
The Boston Consulting Group and Retailers Association of India published a report titled, ‘Retail 2020: Retrospect, Reinvent, Rewrite’, highlighting that India’s retail market is expected to nearly double to US$ 1 trillion by 2020 from US$ 600 billion in 2015, driven by income growth, urbanisation and attitudinal shifts.
The report adds that while the overall retail market is expected to grow at 12 per cent per annum, modern trade would expand twice as fast at 20 per cent per annum and traditional trade at 10 per cent.
Retail spending in the top seven Indian cities amounted to Rs 3.58 trillion (US$ 57.6 billion), with organised retail penetration at 19 per cent as of 2014. Online retail is expected to be at par with the physical stores in the next five years.
India is expected to become the world’s fastest growing e-commerce market, driven by robust investment in the sector and rapid increase in the number of internet users. India’s e-commerce market is estimated to expand to over US$ 100 billion by 2020 from US$ 3.5 billion in 2014.
The Indian retail industry in the single-brand segment has received Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows totalling US$ 275.4 million during April 2000–May 2015, according to the Department of Industrial Policies and Promotion (DIPP).
With the rising need for consumer goods in different sectors including consumer electronics and home appliances, many companies have invested in the Indian retail space in the past few months.
The Government of India has taken various initiatives to improve the retail industry in India.< /p>
The Road Ahead
E-commerce is expanding steadily in the country. Customers have the ever increasing choice of products at the lowest rates. E-commerce is probably creating the biggest revolution in the retail industry, and this trend would continue in the years to come. Retailers should leverage the digital retail channels (e-commerce), which would enable them to spend less money on real estate while reaching out to more customers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
Both organised and unorganised retail companies have to work together to ensure better prospects for the overall retail industry, while generating new benefits for their customers.
Nevertheless, the long-term outlook for the industry is positive, supported by rising incomes, favourable demographics, entry of foreign players, and increasing urbanisation.
Exchange Rate Used: INR 1 = US$ 0.016 as on July 20, 2015
References: Media Reports, Press Releases, Deloitte report, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion website, Union Budget 2015–16
Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.
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