Arnab Dutta

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'Covid has made Ayurveda mainstream'

'Covid has made Ayurveda mainstream'

Rediff.com4 days ago

'The spurt in demand for Ayurvedic products has exhausted our production capacity.'

'Not seen such inflation in 7-8 years'

'Not seen such inflation in 7-8 years'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2021

Higher prices are burdening household budgets and threatening the margins of leading manufacturers.

Covid robs Moradabad's Brass City of its shine

Covid robs Moradabad's Brass City of its shine

Rediff.com18 Jul 2021

According to the local Brass Handicrafts Manufacturers Association (BHMA), some 800,000 people are directly employed in Moradabad's massive brass handicrafts and utensils manufacturing industry, which has some 30,000 small and micro-scale units and a total annual turnover of Rs 10,000 crore. The manufacturers are heavily dependent on export markets such as the US, Canada, Australia and the European Union. And exports account for nearly 70 per cent of their revenues. According to industry insiders, since this year's lockdowns, manufacturing has been at 65 per cent of normal levels.

Covid blues fail to dampen Apple's dream run

Covid blues fail to dampen Apple's dream run

Rediff.com27 May 2021

Rising prevalence of work-from-home and e-learning is driving sales of notebooks and tablets for most brands, but Apple's superior performance has more to do with its product quality.

Apple takes a big bite out of locked down India, posts record JFM sales

Apple takes a big bite out of locked down India, posts record JFM sales

Rediff.com14 May 2021

Apple was a fringe player in all key categories like smartphones, notebooks, and tablets till recently. But with the last quarter's record-breaking performance, the brand has established itself in the country's price-sensitive consumer electronics market.

2nd Covid wave may erase gains in smartphone market

2nd Covid wave may erase gains in smartphone market

Rediff.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 belt

Delhi curfew, oxygen shortage takes a toll on Noida industrial belt

Rediff.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 iPhone

Apple revs up India offering with new iMac, iPads and iPhone

Rediff.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 home

Decade on, Jaypee Infratech customers still waiting for a home

Rediff.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 story

Real estate, travel and tourism blues hit India's consumption story

Rediff.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 plants

Xiaomi expands smartphone, TV capacity in India with 3 new plants

Rediff.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 brands

Lava plans to turn up the heat on Chinese brands

Rediff.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 year

5G: Smartphone makers poised for a sharp rebound this year

Rediff.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 products

PM urged to drop 'harsh' norms on sale, promotion of tobacco products

Rediff.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-19

Durable makers end 2020 at record low, sales down 30% amid Covid-19

Rediff.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 Zara

Battle of the brands: H&M takes on Zara

Rediff.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%

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 China

Micromax wants to give Bharat an option against China

Rediff.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 Diwali

Slaying the dragon: 71% Indians boycotted Chinese goods this Diwali

Rediff.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 season

Online sale of durables nearly doubles this season

Rediff.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.

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