India FMCG Sector Report May 2014
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India is likely to be the world's largest consumer market by 2030, according to a report by global consultancy Deloitte. The country’s retail market is projected to touch US$ 1.3 trillion by 2020, as per Mr KV Thomas, India’s Consumer Affairs Minister. With the online medium of retail gaining more and more acceptance, there is a tremendous growth opportunity for companies (international and domestic) in the retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) segment.
The Indian consumer sector can be broadly categorised into urban and rural markets. The bourgeoning sector is attracting global marketers like never before. The pace at which India’s consumer market is changing can be put down to dramatic shifts in consumer behaviour, increasing urbanisation, presence of a strong service sector, changing lifestyle, and most significantly, the expanding retail segment.
Businesses that can cater to the requirements of India's ambitious middle class, keep prices reasonable, build brand loyalty in new consumers, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment will find tremendous rewards in India’s potential-filled consumer market.
India’s urban population has contributed majorly to the growth of the online market in the country. Around 30–40 per cent of the total retail in India’s top 75 cities is expected to be carried out online in the next 7–10 years, said Mr Arvind Singhal, Chairman and Founder, Technopak Advisors. Amazon, the world’s biggest internet retail company, has seen potential in the Indian market. In June 2013, India became only the tenth market where Amazon has established a country-specific retail website.
Italian high-end accessories brand Furla plans to expand its presence in the Indian market, with the government clearing the company’s joint venture with Gurgaon-based Genesis Luxury Fashion. The alliance is expected to invest about Rs 13 crore (US$ 2.08 million) in the first four years to open stores.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given the go-ahead to Swedish furniture retailer IKEA's application to enter the Indian industry and establish a single brand retail venture in the country. The projected Rs 10,500 crore (US$ 1.68 billion) FDI would be the largest investment by a foreign brand in the Indian retail sector
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