All stories by Arnab Dutta
2nd Covid wave may erase gains in smartphone marketRediff.com28 Apr 2021
While the record shipments reflects the prevailing mood at the time, the exponential rise in Covid cases in the country has turned the tide since.
Delhi curfew, oxygen shortage takes a toll on Noida industrial beltRediff.com23 Apr 2021
From trucks lined up and waiting in the area to local vendors, the scenes tell a story of livelihoods stalled.
Apple revs up India offering with new iMac, iPads and iPhoneRediff.com22 Apr 2021
The new iMac, two iPads and iPhone 12 and 12 Mini will be open for ordering starting April 30, just like in the US, the UK, China and Japan.
Decade on, Jaypee Infratech customers still waiting for a homeRediff.com14 Apr 2021
Booked between 2007 and 2011, out of the total 32,700 residential units under various Jaypee Infratech (JIL) projects, at least 20,000 homes are yet to be delivered. Supreme Court documents show that, till last March, Jaypee had issued 7,997 offers of possession to homebuyers while executing only 6,530 sub-lease deeds. These deeds offer homebuyers possession rights but, unlike registration, does not guarantee absolute ownership.
Real estate, travel and tourism blues hit India's consumption storyRediff.com15 Mar 2021
India's Rs 4.5-trillion fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector was one of the first to bounce back from the lockdown induced blues, reporting a year-on-year (YoY) growth in the October-December quarter last year. That said, the overall consumption figures continue to remain depressed. The FMCG market, which includes daily consumables like branded atta, hand sanitizers, edible oils, shampoos, razors, and so on, recorded 7.3 per cent value growth during the period, while the smartphone market grew by 21 per cent.
Xiaomi expands smartphone, TV capacity in India with 3 new plantsRediff.com26 Feb 2021
Apart from bringing new suppliers on board, Xiaomi is also hoping to take advantage of the newly launched PLI scheme that offers incentives on incremental production of smartphones with 2020 as the base year.
Lava plans to turn up the heat on Chinese brandsRediff.com8 Feb 2021
Expansion of distribution network, venturing into new markets, supplementing production capacity, and ramping up workforce are all on the cards. Instead of trying to fight with brands having massive war chests, it will pass on the benefits to consumers by offering them phones at lower prices.
5G: Smartphone makers poised for a sharp rebound this yearRediff.com18 Jan 2021
Even if 5G is not launched by operators this year, the handsets market will certainly witness a strong supply ecosystem for 5G ready smartphones in 2021.
PM urged to drop 'harsh' norms on sale, promotion of tobacco productsRediff.com8 Jan 2021
New proposals like booking of retailers selling loose cigarettes and 7 years of imprisonment, are unacceptable, traders argued.
Durable makers end 2020 at record low, sales down 30% amid Covid-19Rediff.com31 Dec 2020
The Rs 1.5-trillion-a-year industry has ended the year with a 30 per cent fall in sales because after a steady recovery in the festive season, multiple factors dashed its hopes of revival at the end of the year.
Battle of the brands: H&M takes on ZaraRediff.com16 Dec 2020
Zara could rake in Rs 1,571 crore sales in 2019-2020. H&M, which came in five years later, grew its revenue to Rs 1,729 crore.
Smartphones costing Rs 35,000+ grow 91%Rediff.com26 Nov 2020
E-learning and work from home have forced a section of feature phones users to shift to smartphones.
Micromax wants to give Bharat an option against ChinaRediff.com20 Nov 2020
With its new line-up, the firm has managed to touch the right chords, but to regain market share from the established players, Micromax will have to fight a protracted battle.
Slaying the dragon: 71% Indians boycotted Chinese goods this DiwaliRediff.com17 Nov 2020
According to CAIT, the estimated loss to Chinese manufacturers this Diwali could be as high as Rs 40,000 crore.
Online sale of durables nearly doubles this seasonRediff.com5 Nov 2020
With consumers staying indoors and e-commerce firms extending their reach to a larger number of pin codes, these giants have snatched a larger share from the offline traders this season.
Latest iPhone 12 sees 25% spike in pre-ordersRediff.com31 Oct 2020
According to sources, in spite of coming with higher price tags, so far over 100,000 orders have been placed for iPhone 12 models.
How India's handset makers are planning a comebackRediff.com30 Oct 2020
At least two of them - Lava and Micromax - are arming themselves against the Chinese rivals which made them insignificant in the local market over the past few years.
Chinese smartphones continue to dominate Indian marketRediff.com22 Oct 2020
In spite of being attacked from all corners, a faltering supply chain and negative sentiments soaring high among the local consumers, top Chinese smartphone brands gained market share during the most critical phase - the April-June quarter of this year.
How Modi's SVAMITVA scheme aims to help rural property holdersRediff.com21 Oct 2020
SVAMITVA is a new government project that primarily aims to demarcate abadi areas that includes inhabitant land, inhabited areas contiguous to abadi and wadis/basties in rural areas, using drone surveying technology.
After almost 2 years, Samsung to resume producing TVs in IndiaRediff.com15 Oct 2020
Citing unviable duty structure on key components like flat panels and open cell parts, Samsung had shuttered its TV assembly lines in Tamil Nadu in 2018.