Trade Analytics

Retail Industry in India

Latest update: February, 2017

Sector's High Growth Potential is Attracting Investors

  • India has occupied a remarkable position in global retail rankings; the country has high market potential, low economic risk, and moderate political risk
  • 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
  • With investment of around US$ 511.76 billion, the first half of 2016 witnessed the highest annual private equity (PE) in the retail sector, since 2008.
Passenger vehicle exports from India

Rising Prominence of Online Retail

  • Online retail business is the next generation format which has high potential for growth in the near future. After conquering physical stores, retailers are now foraying into the domain of e-retailing
  • E-commerce is expected to be the next major area supporting retail growth in India. The industry is projected to touch US$ 100 billion by 2020 growing from US$ 30 billion in 2016
  • With growth in the e-commerce industry, online retail is estimated to reach US$ 70 billion by 2020 from US$ 3 billion in 2014
Passenger vehicle exports from India
Passenger vehicle exports from India


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"India is now becoming a very important market and in terms of investment, it will be one of the countries where we will invest the most in the future"

Damien Veilleroy
Head – Asia
Metro AG