All stories by Arnab Dutta
Mobile firms stare at gloomy festive seasonRediff.com5 days ago
Though leading brands like Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Oppo managed to absorb the initial lockdown shock and resumed their local production back to 60 per cent, they would likely suffer a 20-25 per cent loss of sales in the October-December quarter.
Hit by lockdown woes, smartphone makers bank on e-sales to revive growthRediff.com28 Aug 2020
After six weeks into the second half, the faltering offline channel, which traditionally rakes in 60 per cent of sales for the market, has become the biggest hurdle towards the path of revival.
Apple plans to roll out Made-in-India iPhone 12 by mid-2021Rediff.com25 Aug 2020
Till recently, iPhone production in India was limited to older models at a lower price tag. So far, Apple has localised production of five smartphone models - iPhone SE (1st Gen), 6S, 7, XR and 11.
Work from home drives laptop sales amid Covid-19 lockdownRediff.com12 Aug 2020
From market leader HP and premium player Apple to China's Lenovo and Asus, all major brands in the market are witnessing rapid surge in the demand for notebooks.
Smartphone biz in India: It's advantage Samsung for nowRediff.com4 Aug 2020
Streamlining its delivery network and shifting focus back to the mass segment - at a time when competitors were struggling to restore normalcy in operations due to the pandemi - aided the firm's revival.
Unlock 2.0: States urged to ease shopping hour curbsRediff.com21 Jul 2020
The demands from retailers are fourfold: One, allow kiranas, general trade stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, and wholesalers to operate every day of the week till 9 pm. Two, ensure uniform and regular opening of all categories of retail. Three, hassle-free movement of goods and employees, and four, lift bans on malls in states like Maharashtra.
Chinese mobile apps ban: Which firm will suffer the most?Rediff.com8 Jul 2020
Unlike others, Xiaomi has banked on its fan community and word-of-mouth publicity since the beginning. With over 10-mn downloads, Mi Community-Xiaomi Forum app is the most convenient medium for Xiaomi's 100-mn member community platform.
All mobiles, TVs sold in India have a China connectionRediff.com3 Jul 2020
It was expected that supplies from China will be back to normal by end-June as their factories are now operating at nearly 90 per cent of normal capacity. But the recent issue with shipments has placed an obstacle that manufacturers can't bypass.
Chinese firms in India gear up for more boycott callsRediff.com25 Jun 2020
People in the know said that from social and digital media campaign teams to communications specialists -- all hands were on deck, and every possible post or campaign with the potential to intensify the crisis, was being tracked.
Delhi's traders want markets to shut down: online pollRediff.com14 Jun 2020
The Confederation of All India Traders has approached Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and urged them to shut markets in Delhi.
Consumer goods: How lockdown 4.0 was differentRediff.com8 Jun 2020
From fast food and athleisure to ACs, the demand for several non-discretionary items has spiked since May 17, when Lockdown 4.0 was extended till May 31.
Ghost from the past does not haunt Maggi anymoreRediff.com5 Jun 2020
In 2019, the growth in sales of the Maggi brand of products surpassed the pre-ban level of 2014, in terms of both volume and value. While, Nestle raised prices of Maggi products by an average 3.1 per cent, its volume rose by 9.6 per cent year-on-year.
Lockdown curbs may scorch summer salesRediff.com24 Apr 2020
With states in north India imposing stricter measures to curb intra-state movement after April 20, makers of summer products such as air conditioners, refrigerators, colas, and ice creams are estimating a 25-60 per cent drop in yearly sales.
Lockdown puts question mark over corporate resultsRediff.com20 Apr 2020
Most listed corporate entities in the country are in a fix. With the sudden declaration in late March of a nationwide lockdown to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, the final calculations of their financial results for the year 2019-20 (FY20) are hanging in limbo. Till April 19, only 41 of the 3,947 companies listed on the BSE have managed to finalise the dates for the declaration of their yearly financial results.
Smartphone market may remain flat in 2020Rediff.com2 Apr 2020
Even as most manufacturers are still assessing the overall impact on their businesses, early projections suggest the market may grow at its lowest ever rate, in 2020.
Consumer durable firms stare at uncertain futureRediff.com18 Mar 2020
In 2020 a round of hikes in customs duty on components like compressors, motors and printed circuit boards aggravated the situation, coronavirus crisis is now leaving manufacturers with no option but to hike prices despite fall in sales.
Now, Apple is bitten by coronavirusRediff.com14 Mar 2020
The delay of the SE 2, billed as the cheapest iPhone and tentatively priced below Rs 40,000 in India, puts the brakes on the tech major's plans for a revival. With the supply chain at its largest manufacturer Foxconn in disarray, as it is struggling to operate in China because of the COVID-19 crisis, the postponement was inevitable.
Coronavirus scare: Manufacturers, retailers flock to offices of ministriesRediff.com21 Feb 2020
From the rollback of customs duty on key electronic components to fast tracking delivery of goods imported from China, players are looking for incentives on several counts.
Coronavirus pain for Chinese mobile handset makers may be Samsung's gainRediff.com20 Feb 2020
While the outbreak has forced most leading brands like Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Realme to rework their launch dates and pricing strategies, Samsung, which struggled to maintain its hold over the market last year, has taken the lead.
Centre introduces ease of living index in 114 citiesRediff.com8 Feb 2020
Launched by the ministry of housing and urban affairs, the ease of living index (EoLI) is aimed at providing a holistic view of the country's cities. These will be done on parameters like services provided by local bodies, effectiveness of the administration, outcomes generated through those services in terms of liveability and citizens' perception of the outcomes.
How FM plans to boost electronic manufacturing in IndiaRediff.com3 Feb 2020
But it may come with a downside risk of further rise in prices of several products.
PM Modi to move to a new home by 2024Rediff.com16 Jan 2020
Used since 1984 when late Rajiv Gandhi became the PM, the current residence was built over 12 acres of land, based on designs by New Delhi's chief architect Edwin Lutyens. However, with a new redevelopment blueprint on the table, the PM's residence is now expected to move to the South-West corner, behind South Block on Raisina Hill. Arnab Dutta reports.
Will Jewar airport transform Noida's real estate market?Rediff.com6 Jan 2020
Its proximity to popular tourist destinations like Agra, which attracts 45 per cent of the international passenger traffic at IGI, could be diverted to Jewar.
In India, love affair with chocolates continuesRediff.com18 Dec 2019
Chocolate majors in India posted healthy top-line growth in FY19. While Mondelez India Foods - the marketer of Cadbury - continued to lead the pack, Nestle India, which dominates the confectionery space with leading brands like Kitkat and Munch, continues to hold the third spot in revenue. However, two of these companies - Mars International India and Hershey India - still remain in the red.
Battle of cola giants: And the winner is...Rediff.com12 Dec 2019
While Coca-Cola India improved its profit margin during the year, arch rival PepsiCo's margin was far lower. Coca-Cola India, which does not manufacture or market any products, gets majority of its revenue from royalty incomes against ownership of formulations for key products. Over the years, PepsiCo's operating revenue has come down significantly, as it kept divesting bottling plants to its franchise partners.
Coca-Cola moves out of bottling operations in North IndiaRediff.com5 Dec 2019
This means, Coca-Cola group will no longer bottle and market any of its beverages in the country.
As green norms kick in from 2020, refrigerator prices to go upRediff.com2 Dec 2019
The added burden on manufacturers for recycling e-waste is expected to impact their margins, which may further lead them towards hiking prices of other items.
Patanjali finds the magic potion; its revenue up 2.4%Rediff.com19 Nov 2019
While the company did not reveal its profit or loss for the period, according to its fillings, food and beverages was the largest category - accounting for 62.23 per cent or Rs 5,184 crore of its total sales.
Most consumers still prefer to buy smartphones onlineRediff.com14 Nov 2019
Amid the protests against leading e-commerce firms, Flipkart and Amazon, shipments through the online route in fact witnessed a double-digit growth every quarter.
Honda's Manesar operations suspended indefinitelyRediff.com12 Nov 2019
Alleging misconduct by its permanent workers, labour unions and contract staff, the plant management informed all stakeholders, through a notice, that starting Monday "normal operations" at the plant are being suspended.
Pollution in Delhi: Air purifier, pollution mask sales spikeRediff.com4 Nov 2019
While Hindware is expecting sale of its air purifiers to double this year, brands like Xiaomi, Blue Star and Daikin, too, are expecting significant rise in sales.
Apple re-enters list of top 10 smartphone brandsRediff.com1 Nov 2019
From new and competitively-priced iPhones to slashing prices of its older models, it had a multi-pronged strategy.
India likely to get new Parliament building in 2022Rediff.com13 Sep 2019
According to plans, the new structure will be more energy efficient, fitted with all modern amenities like multilevel parking facility, centralised air conditioning systems and solar panels, reports Arnab Dutta/Business Standard.
75 new smartphones will kick off festive season sales!Rediff.com11 Sep 2019
In the coming weeks, online retailers are expected to further raise the pitch with shopping festivals, discounts, and cashback offers.
Amrapali: How the treacherous trio diverted homebuyers moneyRediff.com9 Aug 2019
The three promoters - Anil Kumar Sharma, Ajay Kumar and Shiv Priya - had diverted Rs 1,500-1,600 crore through bogus methods like loans and advances between group firms at inflated rates.
575,000 homebuyers waiting for Amrapali-like verdict: AnarockRediff.com25 Jul 2019
Mumbai metropolitan region, comprising Mumbai city, Navi Mumbai and Thane, leads the pack (in delayed projects) with 210,000 units at an approximate valuation of Rs 2.34 trillion.
Samsung India hands pink slips to cut flabRediff.com3 Jul 2019
The move, however, is unlikely to prompt its rivals in India - Chinese manufacturers like Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi - to do the same.
Challenges facing the draft food label normsRediff.com28 Jun 2019
The regional players are outrightly opposed to the idea, while MNCs are looking for procedural changes that, they say, will align the labelling criteria with global practices.
How Mondelez plans to boost sales of Brand CadburyRediff.com19 Jun 2019
To lure health-conscious consumers, who prefer lower intake of sugar, Mondelez is launching a variant of its most sold product Dairy Milk bar with 30 per cent less sugar.
Why Oppo is favourite among India's youngstersRediff.com29 May 2019
Young consumers said that Oppo's constant focus on camera prowess and its long-lasting batteries remained at the top of their mind