Indian retail is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The sector is experiencing exponential growth, with retail development taking place not just in major cities and metros, but also in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Retail market in India is expected to reach US$ 866 billion by 2015 from the current US$ 516 billion.
The organised retail segment in India is expected to account for 20 per cent of the overall retail market by 2020. Net retail sales in India are also quite significant among emerging and developed nations.
India's strong growth fundamentals along with increased urbanisation and consumerism opened immense scope for retail expansion. Further, easy availability of credit and use of 'plastic money' have contributed to a strong and growing consumer culture in India. With growth in the E-commerce industry, online retail is also estimated to touch US$ 70 billion by 2020 from US$ 0.6 billion in 2011. The Government of India (GOI) has approved 51 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and increased FDI limit to 100 per cent in single brand retail and for cash and carry (wholesale) trading and exports.