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How Xiaomi and Realme plan to solve their 'deep online discounts' problem on Amazon, Flipkart and other websites

Xiaomi, Realme, and Samsung products sold below MOP online. Retailers warned and penalized by brands. Online platforms contribute 48% of sales. Complaints sent to Xiaomi and Realme. Stocks repurchased to trace back scalpers.

Amazon India’s largest seller Appario sold to Clicktech

Clicktech acquires Appario, Amazon's top seller, as Amazon divests stakes to comply with ecommerce norms. Appario becomes Clicktech's owned subsidiary, part of Amazon's strategy to expand product offerings on the marketplace.

Quick-commerce platform Blinkit to sell PlayStation 5

Sony will be launching PlayStation 5 in India on April 5. It was launched in the US in November 2023. This is an attempt by the quick-commerce company to push itself beyond groceries and essentials.

Amazon India rolls out low-cost, unbranded vertical under Bazaar

ET first reported on February 21 that Amazon was onboarding sellers to list unbranded products — including apparel, watches, shoes, jewellery and luggage — priced below Rs 600.

Social commerce set to scale, but concern of authenticity looms large: Industry

The coming together of e-commerce and social media to create a new business channel, social commerce is increasingly gaining traction in the retail space. Consumers discover and purchase goods and services directly through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube among others. There is a growing concern about the balance between truthful marketing and influencer popularity on social media.

Tata Digital CEO steps up focus on costs, business cohesion

Simultaneously, Tata Digital's online pharmacy 1mg is expected to embark on a major offline expansion by opening retail stores where it will sell medicines and offer medical lab testing facilities, people aware of the matter said. The company has approved the plan in a recent board meeting.

Indiamart rejigs senior management; appoints new CFO, CIO

Indiamart appoints Jitin Diwan as CFO, effective from May 15 & Nikhil S. Prabhakar as CIO. The company has also re-appointed Dinesh Chandra Agarwal, as its MD and CEO for 5 years with effect from January 8, 2025.

Amazon ties up with local shops for community new year items

Shops selling home furnishing, kitchen apparels, personal care, computers and peripherals have also joined Amazon for this occasion. The local partner shops of the e-commerce company are located in Kolkata, Howrah, Durgapur, Nadia, Hooghly and Kharagpur. And the orders will be delivered, said Abhishek Jain, head of local shops at Amazon India.

Flipkart Internet gets Rs 1,421 crore infusion from Singapore holding company

The new funding comes as the Bengaluru-based etailer presses ahead with plans to launch its quick-commerce service.

UK's THG returns to revenue growth in Q4 on demand for beauty products

After a bumper $7 billion London initial public offering in 2020, THG has issued multiple profit warnings that have weighed heavily on its shares and led to several takeover approaches, all of which have been rejected.

Tata Neu goes live on ONDC F&B in Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru

Tata Neu, the superapp of Tata Group, also plans to reach more cities in May, sources told ET. ONDC already features two Tata enterprises on the seller side: StarQuick grocery app, and online grocer BigBasket.

Amazon sees opportunity to lower costs in fulfillment network, CEO says

Over the past few months, the company has laid off hundreds of staff in divisions including Amazon Web Services, Prime Video service, healthcare business and Alexa voice assistant unit, extending its massive job cuts over the past two years into 2024.

E-commerce leads in influencer marketing with 27% spend followed by FMCG: Report

India's creator economy is thriving, with 2.5-3.5 million creators predominantly engaging on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Notably, between 110-170K creators on YouTube are actively monetizing their content, solidifying its position as the leading platform for creator monetization in India.

Non-grocery items deliver bright growth to dark stores

Quick-commerce platforms like Zepto, Swiggy Instamart and Blinkit are seeing rapid growth in the sale of non-grocery items as they continue to diversify their offerings and enter ecommerce turf.

Flipkart opens third grocery fulfilment center in Karnataka

Spread across an area of over 60,000 square feet, the new centre is equipped with a daily dispatch capacity of over 9,000 units per day. With the new unit, Flipkart aims to cater to the rising demand for online groceries across Ballari, Davanagere, Dharwad, Shivamogga, and South and North Goa.

Blinkit to deliver Lenskart products in 10 minutes

“Blinkit customers can now get Lenskart.com products in 10 minutes. Starting with delivering sunglasses and their Hustlr range (Computer Glasses). Curious to see how Hustlr evolves as a brand over time,” the post read.

India’s B2B procurement marketplace ProcMart raises $30 million in Series B funding

ProcMart plans to utilize the newly raised capital to explore strategic acquisitions, expand its distribution network in India and strengthen its international operations in Southeast Asia. The company also plans to expand its client portfolio beyond MRO consumables targeting newer industries such as Biofuel and Packaging.

Zepto improves quick-commerce market share; Instamart loses ground: HSBC report

A report from HSBC Global Research said Zepto market share rose from 15% in March 2022 to 28% in January 2024. During this time, Instamart's share fell from 52% in March 2022 to 32% in January 2024.

Can India's quick commerce revolution be a catalyst for job creation?

Q-commerce in India, led by major players like BlinkIt, Swiggy Instamart, and Zepto, is reshaping the retail landscape. The sector's rapid expansion offers significant job opportunities, especially in logistics, warehousing, and technology-driven roles, promising continued growth.

Ubuy crosses $12 million revenue in India, expecting a growth of 30% in FY25

​​In an interview with ETRetail, Dhari Al Abdulhadi, CTO and founder, at Ubuy said, "We hope to keep this momentum by continually innovating and expanding our offerings. Our sales figures have been wonderful this year. We are very optimistic about Indian market and expecting a growth of 30% in FY24-25." Abdulhadi further said that the company is heavily investing in marketing and supply channels to enhance the cross-border shopping experience.

Gold rush to summit sees demand trampled

Gold prices soar in Kolkata's Zaveri Bazaar, impacting sales. Jewellers hopeful for a recovery during Akshay Tritiya. Mumbai sees 70% demand slump, while investment in bars rises. Analysts predict further price hikes due to global factors.

Gold surges by Rs 1,070 to all-time high of Rs 68,420 per 10 grams in Delhi

Gold prices surged by Rs 1,070 to hit an all-time high of Rs 68,420 per 10 grams in the national capital on Monday amid a rally in the precious metal in global markets, according to HDFC Securities. The precious metal had closed at Rs 67,350 per 10 grams in the previous trade.

Gold prices will rise further in June after US Fed rate cut: GJC

Rajesh Kalyanraman, executive director of Kalyan Jewellers said, “...We have seen multiple challenges...as some states have cut gold rates. I don’t know if undercutting gold rates is legally possible. But we need to stress on transparent jewellery business to grow together. Our customers need to feel the transparency.”

Limelight Lab Grown Diamonds receives $1 million investment from two top jewellery houses

Limelight Lab Grown Diamonds received a US$1 million strategic investment to expand brand presence in India, driven by positive customer response and significant sales growth. The company aims for global expansion with a focus on scaling operations.

Kalyan Jewellers reports 34% revenue growth in Q4 FY24

For the full year FY2024, the jewellery retailer saw its revenue grow by 31 per cent on a consolidated basis as compared to the prior year.

Zavya names Ravi Malani as new COO and Co-founder

Zavya is projected to commence strategic efforts to enhance the brand identity, foster productive partnerships with celebrities and incorporate a streamlined approach in the omnichannel retailing experience.

Silver sparkles as prices touch fresh peak of Rs 82,109/kg

Both gold and silver trying to breach their multi-year highs indicates that a bull market is in force for precious metals, and historically, silver has outperformed gold in such situations, said Sahil Kapoor, market strategist at DSP Mutual Fund.

Gold rises to new high of Rs 71,080, denting demand

Rising prices of precious metals come ahead of Gudi Padwa and Ugadi, the auspicious day on the Hindu calendar marking the beginning of New Year in certain parts of the country. The price surge has dampened mood among potential customers who prefer to buy gold to celebrate this auspicious day, which will fall on April 9 this year.

India's February silver imports hit record and set to rise 66% this year

Chirag Thakkar, CEO of Amrapali Group Gujarat, a leading silver importer, said the industry had replenished stocks in January and February after having depleted them in 2023. "Indian imports are cyclical in nature. In one year, imports may be very high, and then the following year they may fall. Since imports fell in 2023 after record buying in 2022, we can expect imports to pick up in 2024," Thakkar said.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds surpasses Rs 50,000 crore annual turnover in FY24

The company aims to open 100 new stores within the next year, along with the addition of 7,000 new employees to its existing workforce of 21,000, reflecting its commitment to inclusive growth. With the strategic expansion plan for India and overseas markets, the brand aims to consolidate its position as a global leader. Beyond its current operations in India, Malabar Gold & Diamonds is set to expand into states like Jharkhand, Goa, Assam, Tripura, and Jammu & Kashmir.

Price surge dampens demand for jewellery: Senco Gold

In the last 30 days, the gold price has jumped about 10 per cent, and in the last six months, it has become costlier by 23-25 per cent. This sharp volatility has hit retail buying sentiment. Eid, Bengali New Year, Akshay Tritiya, and regional New Year festivities are expected to help bring demand into stores.

Gold gets more lustre, nudges Rs 73,000 with 10.75% price rise in a month

Gold prices on Friday climbed to Rs 72,967 per 10 gm, rising by 1.6 per cent compared to Thursday. This daily surge in prices has never been witnessed in the last 50 years, bullion dealers from Zaveri Bazaar said. In a month, gold prices have shot up by 10.75 per cent, making the yellow metal costlier for those who have weddings in the family.

Retail buying in Asia including India fuels gold price momentum: Goldman Sachs

The report underscores the significant role played by new incremental factors, particularly the surge in accumulation by Central Banks in emerging markets (EM) and increased retail buying in Asian markets including India have led to an increase in gold prices worldwide. Despite expectations of fewer Federal Reserve rate cuts, strong growth trends, and record-breaking equity markets, gold has rallied by 17 percent over the past two months.

US, European buyers begin asking for source of Indian diamond exports

Exporters said many dealers and jewellers in G7 nations have declined to purchase polished diamonds without origin confirmation despite the new ban on Russian goods applying only to 1 carat and larger stones.

Jewellery chains take a shine to malls as buyers go for brands

Jewellery shops are becoming a prominent feature in shopping malls in India, as consumers shift towards established retailers. Each mall now has about 8-10 jewellery stores, occupying nearly 5% of total mall space, up from just 1% two years ago. The organised jewellery retail segment has been outpacing other consumer discretionary segments since April 2023, contributing 15-20% of mall revenues despite occupying only about 5% space.

PC Jeweller gets board's approval to raise Rs 2,000 cr fund via rights issue, convertible warrants

PC Jeweller plans to raise Rs 2,000 crore through rights issues and preferential allotment. Share capital and memorandum changes approved. Proceeds to clear financial liabilities, subject to lender approval.

Higher gold prices to impact volume 15-20%; diamond jewellery, making charges helping margins: Senco Gold MD

Suvankar Sen discusses the growth potential of the industry, competition concerns, and the impact of rising gold prices on consumer behavior. He emphasizes the importance of increasing the diamond stud ratio for future revenues and margins. Sen says: "In a Rs 7 - 8 lakh crore market, if you add up all the numbers of all the turnovers of the big industry players, you will see a lot of scope and a lot of room for all to keep growing"

India's March gold imports set to drop 90% as prices surge

India's gold imports are anticipated to plummet by over 90% in March, reaching the lowest level since the COVID pandemic. This decline, driven by high prices dampening demand, is expected to be around 10 to 11 metric tons, compared to 110 metric tons in February. Such reduced imports could help India narrow its trade deficit and bolster the rupee.

Top jewellery chains shy away from lab-grown diamonds amid lack of consumer interest

Top jewellery chains like Kalyan Jewellers and Tanishq are hesitant to adopt lab-grown diamonds due to low demand. Despite the growing popularity globally, Indian retailers like Joyalukkas remain cautious about integrating LGDs into their stores.

Gold hits record high on rising hopes for Fed rate cut in June

The dollar was down 0.1% against its rivals, making gold more appealing for other currency holders.

Bata reports a 31% fall in net profit, owing to muted demands

Gunjan Shah, MD and CEO of Bata India Limited, said, “Despite persistent market headwinds accentuated in discretionary spending, we continued to invest in new product launches, enhancing customer experience and expanding our reach across channels & markets.”

Timex Group India Ltd Continues Growth Momentum Closes Q3 FY23-24 with Double Digit Growth

​​In this quarter, the company improved its performance, showcasing a positive shift compared to same quarter previous year. Q3 FY23-24 Channel Performance Ecommerce channel had a spectacular growth of 106% over previous year same quarter. Luxury segment saw aggressive growth of 127% over previous year same quarter.

Titan Q3 Results: Net profit rises 9% YoY to Rs 1,040 crore, misses estimates

Titan reported a 9% YoY growth in standalone net profit at Rs 1,040 crore in Q3. Revenue from operations increased by 20% YoY to Rs 13,052 crore. EBIT for the quarter grew 11% YoY to Rs 1,478 crore. EBIT margins declined 116 basis points to 11.3%. Total income from the jewellery business rose 23% to Rs 11,709 crore.

Puma launches 100 mln euro share buyback programme

The first tranche of a share buyback programme will begin in March 2024 and end on May 6 2025, the statement added, with Puma expecting to buy back and then cancel 100 million euros' ($108.43 million) worth of shares.

Gold rush to summit sees demand trampled

Gold prices soar in Kolkata's Zaveri Bazaar, impacting sales. Jewellers hopeful for a recovery during Akshay Tritiya. Mumbai sees 70% demand slump, while investment in bars rises. Analysts predict further price hikes due to global factors.

Aditya Birla group considers demerger of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle into separate listed company

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL) announced on Monday its intention to assess the vertical demerger of its Madura Fashion & Lifestyle business from ABFRL into a separate listed company. The decision was made during the Board of Directors meeting, granting authorization to evaluate this strategic move.

Gold surges by Rs 1,070 to all-time high of Rs 68,420 per 10 grams in Delhi

Gold prices surged by Rs 1,070 to hit an all-time high of Rs 68,420 per 10 grams in the national capital on Monday amid a rally in the precious metal in global markets, according to HDFC Securities. The precious metal had closed at Rs 67,350 per 10 grams in the previous trade.

Menswear brand XYXX announces ESOP buyback programme for its employees

“Announcing our first-ever ESOP buyback is a proud moment for the leadership team, and especially me. It reaffirms my belief in the collective success of Team XYXX and the pivotal role they have played in our growth story,” said Yogesh Kabra , founder & CEO, XYXX.

Adidas CEO flags delays and higher costs from Red Sea disruption

"The irony is we actually have products right now where the sell-through is so good with certain retailers that we can't deliver (them)," Gulden said on the analyst call after the company reported full-year results.

Gold prices will rise further in June after US Fed rate cut: GJC

Rajesh Kalyanraman, executive director of Kalyan Jewellers said, “...We have seen multiple challenges...as some states have cut gold rates. I don’t know if undercutting gold rates is legally possible. But we need to stress on transparent jewellery business to grow together. Our customers need to feel the transparency.”

Warner Bros. Discovery elevates Vikram Sharma as Group VP, head of consumer products, APAC

​​He will report to Robert Oberschelp, head of Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products (WBDGCP), and part of Warner Bros. Discovery’s revenue & strategy division helmed by chief revenue & strategy officer Bruce Campbell. Sharma has been with WBD for five years, working and leading teams in consumer products and licensing, ad sales, and partnership roles across multiple territories in the region. Previously, he spent nearly nine years in similar roles with increasing responsibility in India and Southeast Asia with The Walt Disney Company.

Trying to bring in fresh blood and fresh thinking in VIP, looking at 14% growth, says MD

VIP Industries, led by Neetu Kashiramka, focuses on regaining lost market share through product enhancements, e-commerce optimization, and market strategy improvements, targeting a significant growth in the luggage industry. Kashiramka says: "From Q4 onwards, it will be double digit growth. So, you will start to see some market share gain starting from Q4 itself."

New Balance appoints Radeshwer Davar as country manager for India

With over 15 years of experience in the retail industry across luxury, athleisure, and sporting goods, Davar worked as VP at Reliance Brands and headed Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta & Versace businesses in India.

Clothing brand Bhaane launches NBA online merchandise store

“The NBA is one of the largest sports leagues globally, and we’re excited to collaborate with them on their official online store in India,” said Anand Ahuja, founder and CEO, Bhaane.

Retailers slash prices on more Nike sneakers in 2024

The trend marks a break from the past, when Nike retailers enjoyed the ability to sell through their Nike inventory at full price -- particularly lifestyle shoes such as Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High. Nike's full retail prices range from roughly $50 for basic Nike running shoes to $200 or more for special-release Nike sneakers.

Levi Strauss lifts profit forecast on cost savings, less discounts

"We're going to be reducing about 15% of our SKUs and really think about expanding in goods that are actually resonating with the consumer," Singh said. "What's really resonating these days is the baggier fit, the low, loose assortment."

Apparel exports to grow 8-9% in FY2025: ICRA

“After a nominal decline in revenues in FY2024, ICRA expects the apparel-exporting companies to report a recovery in FY2025 on a lower base, with replenishment of stock in the US and the EU regions,” said Priyesh Ruparelia, vice president and co-group head, corporate sector ratings, ICRA.

Limelight Lab Grown Diamonds receives $1 million investment from two top jewellery houses

Limelight Lab Grown Diamonds received a US$1 million strategic investment to expand brand presence in India, driven by positive customer response and significant sales growth. The company aims for global expansion with a focus on scaling operations.

Cultsport bets on offline play, category expansion

The company recently opened its first store in Bengaluru. Cultsports which started selling online in 2019 on the Cult application, expanded its presence across key marketplaces such as Myntra, Flipkart, and Amazon. It also went omnichannel by selling in multi-brand outlets offline.

JD Sports' profit warning wipes shine off shares

JD, which sells Nike, Adidas and other sports fashion ranges, now expects profit before tax and adjusted items of 915-935 million pounds ($1.16-1.19 billion) for the year ending Feb. 3.

Lighthouse Funds invests Rs 229 crore in Safari Industries

Mid-market consumer and healthcare-focused fund Lighthouse Funds has invested Rs 229 crore in luggage maker Safari Industries through its recent fund Lighthouse India Fund IV AIFThe domestic luggage market is estimated at Rs 15,000 crore, with organised players having a 40% share, according to ratings agency Crisil. Lighthouse Funds' marquee investments include Bikaji Foods, Nykaa, Fabindia, and Ferns N Petals

Nike's gloomy forecast puts spotlight on North America slowdown

Nike's gross margin fell 140 basis points to 43.6% in the reported quarter on efforts to clear excess inventory through more promotions and discounts at a time when the industry is being squeezed by higher supply chain, input and labor costs.

Titan Q3 Update: Company sees 22% revenue growth on strong all-round show

Titan added a total of 90 stores during the quarter, taking the group's total presence to 2,949 stores. At the end of the September quarter, Titan had 2,859 stores.

Luxe brands expand, lease more space

The luxury retail market in India is experiencing robust growth, with luxury watch, jewelry, fashion, and apparel brands leasing 600,000 square feet in 2023, marking the highest in six years, according to CBRE data. The share of luxury brands in overall leasing rose to 9% in 2023 from 3% in 2018. The expansion is attributed to growing consumer aspiration for global brands, increased disposable income, and the growth of organized retail spaces in major cities. International brands such as La Vie en Rose, Rimowa, Bugatti Fashion, and Victoria's Secret have made significant expansions in the Indian market.

Titan Q4 Update: Revenue grows 17% YoY; 86 stores added

Watches & Wearables domestic business surged 7% year-on-year, comprising 7% revenue growth in analogue watches and 2% in wearables.

Kalyan Jewellers reports 34% revenue growth in Q4 FY24

For the full year FY2024, the jewellery retailer saw its revenue grow by 31 per cent on a consolidated basis as compared to the prior year.

Vans sneaker maker misses quarterly expectations; CFO to step down

The company, which withdrew its annual forecasts in October and announced a cost reduction plan, said it had begun an in-depth strategic review of its Global Packs business, including brands such as Kipling and JanSport.

Timex to continue betting big on analog watches; eyes India to become its biggest market

The company is also working with vendors in India to develop their capabilities in making stainless steel cases.

Zavya names Ravi Malani as new COO and Co-founder

Zavya is projected to commence strategic efforts to enhance the brand identity, foster productive partnerships with celebrities and incorporate a streamlined approach in the omnichannel retailing experience.

Luxury market in India rides the new wave of affluent buyers

2023 was a record year for India’s luxury market. The affluent population in India is expanding rapidly, with the number of high net worth individuals (HNIs) expected to reach 16.5 lakh by 2027, up from 7.9 lakh in 2022. Similarly, the number of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNIs) could surpass 19,000 by 2027, compared to about 12,000 in 2022, as per Bain's estimates.

Fashion startup Newme launches first store in Mumbai

“As we continue to grow, we are excited about the journey ahead, expanding our retail presence to over 12 stores across India in the next year and connecting with even more fashion-forward individuals across the country,” said Sumit Jasoria, co-founder and CEO, Newme.

ABFRL enters into JV with luxury designer Christian Louboutin

“This partnership reflects our commitment to offering our discerning customers the very best in elegance and style. It also exemplifies our ambition to develop and shape the future of the luxury market in India,” commented Ashish Dikshit, MD, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail.

Relationship with Virat Kohli to continue: Puma India

Puma reaffirmed its partnership with Virat Kohli by dismissing reports suggesting Kohli's contemplation of terminating his 8-year-old deal as brand ambassador. Karthik Balagopalan, Managing Director of Puma India said that the association remains intact. Puma enlisted Kohli as its brand ambassador in 2017, sealing a deal estimated to be approximately Rs 110 crore.

Foot Locker shares plummet as planned investments weigh on profit outlook

Despite a solid holiday quarter, Foot Locker said it would achieve its long-term profit margin target two years later, in 2028, dashing hopes of a steady recovery in margins, which have been crimped due to a surge in promotions.

Eid business keeps textile market upbeat

Ahmedabad's textile market anticipates Eid-ul-Fitr with high retail demand. Processing houses can produce over 3 crore meters daily. Despite concerns, low cotton prices boost manufacturers, leading to increased volume and a revival in the denim sector.

India targets $600 billion textile exports by 2047, aims to create $1.8 trillion domestic market

India plans to boost textile exports to $600 billion and grow the domestic market to $1.8 trillion by 2047, focusing on quality, sustainability, and global leadership in the textile industry. Industry has raised challenges of raw material for achieving the $350 billion export aim for apparels besides the need for an investment policy for textiles and a mission mode plan for supply augmentation.

Metro Brands leases 3.25-lakh-sq-ft warehouse in Bhiwandi for 5 years

Metro Brands Ltd, one of India's leading footwear and accessory retailers, has secured its largest warehousing space to date. The company has leased a custom-built 3.25 lakh square feet warehouse in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai, as part of its expansion strategy. The lease, directly from RK Builders, spans a duration of five years. This move underscores Metro Brands' commitment to enhancing its operational capabilities and meeting the growing demand for its products in the market.

Prada sales rose 17% last year, driven by Asia, Miu Miu brand

The group's net revenues totalled 4.7 billion euros ($5.1 billion) last year, broadly in line with analysts' expectations, after a "very positive" fourth quarter which also showed a 17% sales increase.

Silver sparkles as prices touch fresh peak of Rs 82,109/kg

Both gold and silver trying to breach their multi-year highs indicates that a bull market is in force for precious metals, and historically, silver has outperformed gold in such situations, said Sahil Kapoor, market strategist at DSP Mutual Fund.

Gold rises to new high of Rs 71,080, denting demand

Rising prices of precious metals come ahead of Gudi Padwa and Ugadi, the auspicious day on the Hindu calendar marking the beginning of New Year in certain parts of the country. The price surge has dampened mood among potential customers who prefer to buy gold to celebrate this auspicious day, which will fall on April 9 this year.

India's February silver imports hit record and set to rise 66% this year

Chirag Thakkar, CEO of Amrapali Group Gujarat, a leading silver importer, said the industry had replenished stocks in January and February after having depleted them in 2023. "Indian imports are cyclical in nature. In one year, imports may be very high, and then the following year they may fall. Since imports fell in 2023 after record buying in 2022, we can expect imports to pick up in 2024," Thakkar said.

Landmark Group appoints Ritesh Mishra as deputy CEO for Lifestyle

“We are thrilled to welcome Ritesh Mishra to our team. His extensive experience and proven track record in the retail industry make him a valuable addition to our leadership team,” said Devarajan Iyer, executive director and CEO, Lifestyle India.

India footwear market to grow to Rs 191K cr by FY28: Report

Noting the trend of premiumisation, the report said that an emphasis on premiumization would push the premium footwear market share from 47 per cent in FY2021 to 49 per cent by FY2025. Additionally, the consumer price index is expected to increase the prices of footwear, which in turn will lead to the growth of the footwear industry. In the last 3 years, India has seen an average CPI of 5.5 per cent, the report read.

Lululemon's bleak holiday-quarter targets overshadow strong Q3

"The company is not giving up on pricing while their competitors are...especially during this holiday centered season," Dave Wagner, portfolio manager at Aptus Capital Advisors said. He added, "the consumer is starting to hurt a little bit and even though they (Lululemon) focus more on the high-end consumer, they are probably seeing just a little less top line sales right now."

Malabar Gold & Diamonds surpasses Rs 50,000 crore annual turnover in FY24

The company aims to open 100 new stores within the next year, along with the addition of 7,000 new employees to its existing workforce of 21,000, reflecting its commitment to inclusive growth. With the strategic expansion plan for India and overseas markets, the brand aims to consolidate its position as a global leader. Beyond its current operations in India, Malabar Gold & Diamonds is set to expand into states like Jharkhand, Goa, Assam, Tripura, and Jammu & Kashmir.

Struggling UK fashion retailer Ted Baker to shut 15 stores, 250 jobs at risk

Ted Baker, a popular brand name in the UK, fell into administration last month, after more than a year of being sold to U.S.-based Authentic Brands Group. Authentic Brands is looking for a new operating partner for the retail and e-commerce business in the UK and across Europe.

Luxerati Retail to invest Rs 15 crore to expand luxury shoe brand Santoni's presence in India

The Italian brand, which opened its first store at DLF Emporio, plans to open its next store in Mumbai this year and in either Hyderabad or Bengaluru over the next 2-3 years.

Indian wedding season: Branded retailers celebrate rising demand for accessories

Indian weddings require crucial accessories like imitation jewellery, Moti malas, safas, and turbans. These accessories are essential for wedding collection brands. The Indian apparel and accessories market, estimated at $75 billion, represents nearly 30% of the market.

Uniqlo operator upbeat on Europe, N.America after Q2 profit miss

Fast Retailing said both North America and Europe reported large revenue and profit gains that were higher than expected, and anticipated record performances from the regions in its fiscal second-half to end-August.

Streetwear brand VegNonVeg eyes Rs 175 crore revenue by next fiscal

The brand, which enjoys 18 per cent profitability, is planning to spend Rs 20 crore over the next few years to expand its retail footprint as well as its private label.

Price surge dampens demand for jewellery: Senco Gold

In the last 30 days, the gold price has jumped about 10 per cent, and in the last six months, it has become costlier by 23-25 per cent. This sharp volatility has hit retail buying sentiment. Eid, Bengali New Year, Akshay Tritiya, and regional New Year festivities are expected to help bring demand into stores.

High street a top choice for luxury brands in India in 2023: CBRE

“The luxury sector, which saw a significant increase in leasing in 2023, shows a promising trend with the entry and expansion of international brands,” said Anshuman Magazine, chairman and CEO, India, Southeast Asia, Middle East & Africa, CBRE.

Adidas posts first loss in 30 years and warns on US

Adidas has been battling to right itself after it cut ties with Kanye West in October 2022, suspending sales of the highly profitable Yeezy sneaker line. In CEO Bjorn Gulden's first year in the role, he resumed sales of Yeezy sneakers to clear remaining stock while seeking to boost popular products like Samba and Gazelle shoes, and improve relationships with retailers. Shares in Adidas have staged a recovery, outperforming Nike and Puma since he took over.

India to be among top 5 markets for Decathlon in next 5 years; to increase local sourcing to over 90 pc: Top exec

French sports retailer Decathlon considers India a "big priority" market and aims to be among its top five global markets within the next five years. It plans to add 10 new stores annually, increase online sales, and raise local sourcing to over 90% to boost competitiveness in the Indian sports and athleisure segment. Decathlon's sales in India grew by 37% in the financial year ending March 2023.

Gold gets more lustre, nudges Rs 73,000 with 10.75% price rise in a month

Gold prices on Friday climbed to Rs 72,967 per 10 gm, rising by 1.6 per cent compared to Thursday. This daily surge in prices has never been witnessed in the last 50 years, bullion dealers from Zaveri Bazaar said. In a month, gold prices have shot up by 10.75 per cent, making the yellow metal costlier for those who have weddings in the family.

Nexus Venture Partners invests Rs 100 crore in Agilitas Sports

The Agilitas investment from Nexus underscores the growing trend of venture funds looking to back companies in the manufacturing and retail business that leverage technology as an additional layer.

Inditex to launch Bershka and Zara Home in India this year

Inditex had launched fast fashion brand Zara in 2010 and premium clothing brand Massimo Dutti eight years ago. Its new offering, Bershka, will pitch it directly against Reliance Retail's Yousta, which too targets the younger consumer segment.

Retail buying in Asia including India fuels gold price momentum: Goldman Sachs

The report underscores the significant role played by new incremental factors, particularly the surge in accumulation by Central Banks in emerging markets (EM) and increased retail buying in Asian markets including India have led to an increase in gold prices worldwide. Despite expectations of fewer Federal Reserve rate cuts, strong growth trends, and record-breaking equity markets, gold has rallied by 17 percent over the past two months.

Luxury slowdown prompts fears of inventory pile-up over key holiday season

The latest U.S. credit card data from Barclays released on Wednesday showed that spending on luxury goods remained negative in November, down 15% year-on-year after a decline of 14% in October. That performance "doesn't bring much optimism" for the fourth quarter, with the weak trends in the U.S. reason for caution about the performance of luxury brands over the period, Barclays analysts said.

Luggage brands on high-growth path as travel industry booms

India's travel renaissance is driving a luggage revolution, with sales doubling. Global brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Delsey Paris are growing in the premium range, while Safari, Kamiliant, and Aristocrat are popular in tier-3 and 4 cities. The market is also seeing partnerships with luxury brands and celebrities, and the emergence of direct-to-consumer brands.

2023 was best ever year for Bulgari in India, and 2024 looks even better: CEO Jean-Christophe Babin

Bulgari is planning to grow its presence in India by opening more boutiques in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai. It is also looking to expand its footprint from the current 12 stores in six cities to about 20 stores in at least a dozen cities through multi-brand partners.

Mango adapts as climate change makes fashion less seasonal

The clothing industry used to work according to clearly delineated seasons, but global warming means it needs to adapt to periods that can include a mix of hot and cold temperatures and produce pieces that reflect those transitions, Ruiz said.

Swiss watch brands making time for India

Despite its 1.4 billion population, India was in 22nd place for Swiss watch exports in 2023, just ahead of Switzerland's Alpine neighbour Austria.

US, European buyers begin asking for source of Indian diamond exports

Exporters said many dealers and jewellers in G7 nations have declined to purchase polished diamonds without origin confirmation despite the new ban on Russian goods applying only to 1 carat and larger stones.

Trase Footwear reacquired by co-founders from Upscalio; raises $500K in angel round

Established in 2016, Trase witnessed ARR of Rs 18 crore by 2020 while being bootstrapped. In 2021, it was acquired by Upscalio as part of its strategy to build a diversified portfolio of brands in utility categories.

Jewellery chains take a shine to malls as buyers go for brands

Jewellery shops are becoming a prominent feature in shopping malls in India, as consumers shift towards established retailers. Each mall now has about 8-10 jewellery stores, occupying nearly 5% of total mall space, up from just 1% two years ago. The organised jewellery retail segment has been outpacing other consumer discretionary segments since April 2023, contributing 15-20% of mall revenues despite occupying only about 5% space.

Puma India head Abhishek Ganguly’s new startup raises $52 million funding

Of the Rs 430 crore, Convergent Finance LLP, led by Harsha Raghavan — a former Fairfax India executive — has invested about Rs 400 crore.

Uniqlo sues Shein in Japan claiming imitation of shoulder bag

The Japanese company is seeking "immediate cessation of sales of the imitation products and compensation for damages incurred," it said.

Tata CLiQ Luxury forays into pre-owned category

“We are elated to launch a new category with the ReLoved Store, a one-stop destination for vintage and pre-owned luxury products. It heralds a transformative shift in the dynamics of luxury consumption, fuelled predominantly by the conscientious choices of today’s discerning consumers,” said Gopal Asthana, CEO, Tata CLiQ Luxury.

Nike plans to cut about 2% jobs

The job cuts are expected to start on Friday, and a second phase will be completed by the end of the quarter, the report said, citing an employee memo.

PC Jeweller gets board's approval to raise Rs 2,000 cr fund via rights issue, convertible warrants

PC Jeweller plans to raise Rs 2,000 crore through rights issues and preferential allotment. Share capital and memorandum changes approved. Proceeds to clear financial liabilities, subject to lender approval.

Superdry plans to go private as it kicks off rescue plan

The rescue plan, poised to bring in material cash savings from rent reductions at 39 of Superdry's 94 stores in Britain, and extend the maturity of loans made under the group's debt facility agreements, comes as the company grapples with weak demand and a cash crunch.

Higher gold prices to impact volume 15-20%; diamond jewellery, making charges helping margins: Senco Gold MD

Suvankar Sen discusses the growth potential of the industry, competition concerns, and the impact of rising gold prices on consumer behavior. He emphasizes the importance of increasing the diamond stud ratio for future revenues and margins. Sen says: "In a Rs 7 - 8 lakh crore market, if you add up all the numbers of all the turnovers of the big industry players, you will see a lot of scope and a lot of room for all to keep growing"

Want to drive premiumisation in accessible as well as value for money offerings: Bata India MD & CEO

Gunjan Shah, Bata India CEO, strategizes to propel Power brand growth through EBOs, targeting wider audience accessibility. Leveraging trends in athleisure, the focus is on premiumisation and meeting consumer aspirations through digital and retail expansion. Shah says: "We are not going to stop at just one store. In the next 18 months, we plan to have at least about 50 stores across the country."

Raymond looks to enhance relevance for the younger generation; continue expanding footprint across India

While speaking at the Summit on the topic - 'Navigating future horizons amidst changing consumer realities', Sunil Kataria, CEO of Raymond Lifestyle shared profound insights into the changing consumer behavior pre- and post-pandemic. "It is one of the most difficult things to predict consumer behavior. It takes a lot of intuitive judgment based on research to get the right consumer insight and post Covid it has become more difficult," he said.

Spinning industry expects operating margins to improve by 150-200 basis points this fiscal after hitting decadal low

CRISIL Ratings foresees improved operating margins for the cotton yarn spinning industry, driven by factors like revenue growth, stable cotton prices, and enhanced credit profiles. The industry's financial health is expected to strengthen further.

D2C luggage brand Nasher Miles appoints Anil Verma as chief strategy officer

Prior to joining Nasher Miles, Verma held leadership positions in various multinational companies like Purplle.com, Samsonite, and Delsey Paris. In his role, he will guide the brand's foray into brick-and-mortar retail, ensuring a seamless customer experience across all touchpoints, as the company said. Verma will oversee the company's overall strategic direction, encompassing product development, finance, and operations.

Former tech consultants turn entrepreneurs, find success in luxury watch industry with Bangalore watch company

Nirupesh Joshi and Mercy Amalraj, former technology consultants, transitioned to entrepreneurship and founded the Bangalore Watch Company (BWC), an Indian luxury watch brand. BWC designs, assembles, and markets luxury automatic watches, with plans to open experience centers in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru by the end of the next year.

Donear Industries to open 50 EBOs focusing on neo-stretch fabric

"We will also be establishing a chain of MBO stores under the Donear Group umbrella. These outlets will serve as one-stop destinations, showcasing collections ranging from premium luxury fabrics to general apparel," Rajendra V. Agarwal, managing director, Donear Industries Limited told ETRetail.

Birkenstock Q4 Results: Company beats revenue expectations on strong demand

Birkenstock beat analysts' expectations for fourth-quarter sales and forecast annual revenue above estimates on Thursday, in the German luxury sandal maker's first results since going public, betting on higher pricing and strong demand.

Richemont restarts search for new owner for YNAP

"We're preparing the process to identify a future majority shareholder or a majority that can go up to 100% for YNAP," Grund told analysts.

Luxury group Richemont's sales surge in China, boosting its shares

Richemont, one of the world's biggest luxury groups after France's LVMH, China's improvement helped push it towards its highest ever quarterly sales in the three months to the end of December, noting a sequential acceleration, with December being the strongest month.

Michael Burke named LVMH Fashion Group chairman and CEO

Burke - chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault's longest-serving lieutenant - replaces long-time Fashion Group head Sidney Toledano, who was named advisor to Arnault and will exit the company's executive committee. Burke, 66, was CEO of LVMH's biggest label Louis Vuitton until a year ago, headed labels Fendi and Bulgari and served as chairman of the board of Tiffany, LVMH's largest acquisition.

Malabar Gold, Titan and 4 other Indian brands on global list of top-100 luxury goods makers

Malabar Gold led the domestic contingent, claiming 19th rank as the top Indian international jewellery brand, followed by Tata group entity Titan Company which secured the 24th position.

Trump launches sneaker line after court fined him $355 mn penalty in civil fraud case

Former US President Donald Trump has launched a sneaker line, a day after a New York judge fined him and his companies nearly $355 million in the civil fraud case.

Cricketer Deepak Chahar launches own sports brand DNINE

Talking about the brand, Chahar said, “The brand and products are inspired by my own journey. I have a goal to make the best products at affordable prices to cater to the middle class. My target audience is anyone who wants to live a healthy life.”

Delhi High Court upholds rejection of Reebok India's conversion to Limited Liability Company

Dismissing Reebok India's petition, Justice Subramonium Prasad said that the reasons given by the RoC in rejecting the Reebok’s application on the ground that various prosecutions have been filed by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office against it for offences under the Companies Act and the Indian Penal Code cannot said to be so perverse, especially keeping in mind the interest of shareholders and the interest of creditors.

Nike set for rare sales drop with focus on US demand, direct-to-consumer pivot

The sportswear giant has invested in selling more through its own sales channels, including stores and online, instead of increasing inventory at wholesalers to bolster its margins.

Lee Cooper by Reliance Retail steps into women footwear segment

For the Lee Cooper brand "Shoes Don't Judge" is more than just a campaign, it's a movement that celebrates one’s choices and preferences with zero judgement, the company stated in a press release.

Youth, small-town consumers drive sales of used luxury items

The resale market for luxury items is booming in India, driven by the aspirations of young consumers in tier-II and tier-III markets. Despite a global luxury goods market slowdown, Luxepolis, an online marketplace claiming a user base of 3.5 million, experienced over 80% sales growth this year.

Sportswear brand ASICS to open 50 new stores

“India is a crucial market for us and with the changing consumer landscape we see a huge potential with new and emerging demand for sports across different regions in India,” said Yasuhito Hirota, President, CEO and COO, Asics.

Hermes lawsuit claims luxury retailer reserves its famed Birkin bags only for its biggest spenders

The proposed federal class-action lawsuit, which was filed this week in San Francisco, alleges that Hermes is violating antitrust law by making customers buy other goods in the store before being granted the privilege of buying a Birkin bag from Hermes.

Returned parcels pile up in textile markets

The overall textile business in Surat has plummeted by over 50% due to the time limit on payments specified in an amendment to the Income Tax Act.The amendment was introduced through the Finance Act of 2023, incorporating clause (h) in Section 43B to ensure timely payments to MSMEs.

Britain's Next keeps profit outlook after 5% rise in 2023-24

The group, which is often considered a useful gauge of how British consumers are faring, said on Thursday it still expected a profit before tax and exceptional items of 960 million pounds ($1.23 billion) in 2024-25, with full-price sales up 2.5%.

Athleisure lifestyle brand playR aims to reach Rs 300 crore sales mark by FY26

During the fiscal year 2022-23, playR's sales stood at Rs 8 crore and its other brands distribution sales was at Rs 8 crore. For the current fiscal year FY24, the brand hopes to cross Rs 60 crore sales mark.

JD Sports sees Air Force Ones, Gazelle sneakers driving profits higher

The group, already the UK's biggest sportswear retailer and with an expanding presence in North America and Europe, said group underlying sales rose 12% in the period, driven by European growth of 27% and North American growth of 15%.

UK's Frasers strengthens luxury offer with MATCHES buy

Frasers said on Wednesday the deal will further develop its so-called "elevation strategy", which is taking the business more upmarket. The strategy involves investments in flagship stores and in online operations, and the strengthening of ties with brands such as Nike, Adidas, The North Face and On Running.

Decathlon plans to open 10 stores annually in India

Dykes highlighted the potential of India's vast domestic market, noting that 60% of Decathlon products sold in India are already made in the country. "We want to get to 90% to 95%, if possible," Dykes said. "India is already in the top 10 markets and we want it to get into the top five. I feel we are really on the right track at the moment. And let's hope within the five years it will be in the top five," he added. The company has 122 stores in 19 states.

Plan to reward patent, IPR creation in technical textiles in the works

As per the draft rules, the IP of the research outcome will generally vest with the host institution on behalf of the ministry. For all Indian patents, the government will have march-in rights, including the option of compulsory licence, in case of any exigency arising for the patent and technology to protect the interest of public, it said.

Clothing giant Shein in focus as France targets fast fashion

With jaw-droppingly low prices and a seemingly endless selection of trendy clothes, Shein has taken the world by storm -- and found itself in the crosshairs of French lawmakers who want to curb the excesses of fast fashion. The French parliament last week approved measures to make low-cost fast fashion less attractive to customers, especially because of sustainability concerns.

For Nike, 'it's gotta be the shoes' is a thing of the past

Nike CFO Matt Friend told investors the company was cutting back on supplies of "classic" shoes, including the company's Air Force 1 sneakers, to focus on upcoming launches and new product development.

FNP appoints Paridhi Joshi as Assistant Vice President - Retail

In her new role, she will be overseeing category and merchandising operations and will optimize customer engagement strategies.

Puma sticks to full-year profit forecast despite Q3 earnings drop

Puma's operating profit was 236.3 million euros ($252.3 million) for the quarter, down from 257.7 million a year earlier, but revenue beat analysts' expectations with 6% growth in currency-adjusted terms, coming in at 2.31 billion euros.

D2C luggage brand Mokobara raises $12 million in funding from Peak XV Partners, existing investors

Mokobara's existing backers Sauce VC and Saama Capital have also participated in the Series B funding round. Peak XV invested around $9.4 million of the $12 million raised by Mokobara.

Gucci’s China shock reverberates across the luxury landscape

Fears of a slowdown in luxury spending among Chinese consumers have been growing for some time, and recent events have underscored this concern. Kering SA, the parent co of Gucci, experienced a significant decline in its market value following a warning about slumping sales of Gucci products in China.

Decathlon FY23 sales shoot up 37% in India

Decathlon's India unit experienced a 37% increase in sales to Rs 3,955 crore in FY23, driven by high demand for fitness wear and sports equipment. The company, which offers products for 85 different sporting disciplines, is larger than Adidas, Nike, and Asics combined in India. Despite the growth in sales, Decathlon reported a net loss of Rs 18.6 crore.

Fossil Group to stop making smartwatches, Gen 6 to be the last

Fossil Group, known for its Wear OS smartwatches, has decided to exit the smartwatch business. The Gen 6 series will be the last of its wearable devices. The company will focus on designing and distributing traditional watches, jewellery, and leather goods. Fossil will continue to support existing Wear OS watches for a few more years.

LVMH grows sales as luxury shoppers show resilience

Sales at the world's biggest luxury group, which owns labels, including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Tiffany, came to nearly 24 billion euros ($26 billion) in the final three months of the year.

India is one of our key growth markets: Cartier

"Our priority is scaling up our existing online retail capabilities in India to complement our physical presence. We are keen on connecting with potential and current consumers around the country who are physically not as close to our boutiques in Delhi and Mumbai,"Gaetan Guillosson, MD, Cartier India said.

Puma sees weaker first half due to "challenging" market

Sportswear companies including Adidas, Nike, and Puma, have seen demand weaken as customers battling with inflation cut spending on non-essential goods.

Khadim India distribution biz demerger by Sept, margin to improve by 100-200 bps

"We are already in the process of demerger. Now, it is pending before the stock exchanges and then it will be placed before NCLT for its approval. We expect that the process will be completed by September. The demerger will be effected after the approvals are in place," Khadim's Chief Financial Officer Indrajit Chaudhuri told PTI in an interview.

India's March gold imports set to drop 90% as prices surge

India's gold imports are anticipated to plummet by over 90% in March, reaching the lowest level since the COVID pandemic. This decline, driven by high prices dampening demand, is expected to be around 10 to 11 metric tons, compared to 110 metric tons in February. Such reduced imports could help India narrow its trade deficit and bolster the rupee.

H&M beats earnings expectations as new CEO plots turnaround

The Swedish group posted an operating profit of 2.08 billion crowns ($196 million), up from 725 million and well above the 1.43 billion expected by analysts in an LSEG poll.

JD Sports' January sales fall in 'challenging' market

Chief Executive Regis Schultz said in a statement on Thursday that the current trading environment "remained challenging due to less product innovation and elevated promotional activity, especially online".

Fashion accessories brand Miraggio raises Rs 10 cr in pre-series A

“This investment paves the way for a future where Miraggio sets the standard for opulent elegance, inspiring discerning individuals to elevate their style to new heights.” said, Mohit Jain, founder and CEO, Miraggio.

Premium segment to clock robust growth over 3-4 years: CK Venkataraman, MD, Titan

“In the significant per-capita income shift that’s expected to happen in the next few years, the top-tier income segment numbers are expected to grow faster than those income segments which are lower,” said Venkataraman, winner of the ET Business Leader of the Year award.

Top jewellery chains shy away from lab-grown diamonds amid lack of consumer interest

Top jewellery chains like Kalyan Jewellers and Tanishq are hesitant to adopt lab-grown diamonds due to low demand. Despite the growing popularity globally, Indian retailers like Joyalukkas remain cautious about integrating LGDs into their stores.

VIP Industries' Q3 profit declines 83.8% to Rs 7.15 crore

VIP Industries' total revenue from operations grew 3.8 per cent at Rs 546.42 crore in Q3 FY24 from Rs 526.40 crore in the same period of the last fiscal. As per the regulatory filing, its total expenses grew to Rs 535.89 crore in Q3 FY24 as against Rs 478.10 crore in Q3 FY23.​​

Lenskart to open 300-400 stores in Southeast Asia by 2025

“We’re looking at opening 300-400 stores in southeast Asia in the next two years. Initially, we go slow, but we like to go deep. We’ve been in Singapore for the last three years, and are going to Thailand this year, and after a year in Thailand, we’ll go to the Philippines,” he added.

Gold hits record high on rising hopes for Fed rate cut in June

The dollar was down 0.1% against its rivals, making gold more appealing for other currency holders.