Wednesday, June 17, 2009

India 'most attractive' retail market

India still continues to be 'red hot' when it comes to a preferred destination as a retail market. India has reclaimed the top position amongst 30 nations in the results of the 8th Annual Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) revealed by global consulting firm A T Kearney. Low inflation, reduction in rent in smaller cities helped push India's score (68) above Russia (60), China (56), UAE (56), Saudi Arabia (56), the study shows. For the fourth time in five years, India has been ranked the most attractive for retail investment as global retailers including Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Tesco continue to expand in the country.The GDRI helps retailers prioritise their global development strategies by ranking the retail expansion attractiveness of emerging countries on a set of 25 variables including economic and political risks, retail market attractiveness and the difference between GDP growth and retail growth. In 2008, Vietnam toppled India to become the 'most attractive' retail market but tables changed as recession swept through continents. AT Kearney now believes that 'larger and resilient developing countries' such as India are most likely to lead the economic recovery. The global recession has made prime real estate locations increasingly available in many developing markets. It also has made acquisition valuations of many local-market retailers very attractive, says the report.Slower retail sales are causing Indian retailers to delay expansion plans and restructure their operations. But this has opened the window of opportunity for global retailers and many, including Wal-Mart, are continuing expansion plans as Indian consumers grow increasingly affluent, brand conscious and familiar with global retail formats.

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