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From retail investors taking a hit to Titan with Rs 91,000-crore m-cap, BS brings you top 10 business headlines that made news on Sunday

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 


Domestic retail investors take 30% hit as equity markets decline

The recent downturn in equity markets has hit retail investors in a big way but the benchmark equity indices understate the losses suffered by them. The Nifty50 index is down only 7.5 per cent from its August 2018 all-time high but retail investors — those with investments of Rs 2 lakh or less in a company — have lost nearly 30 per cent of the gains they made in the mid- and small-cap rally of the previous two and half years.

The value of the total retail equity portfolio is now worth Rs 11.1 trillion, down from Rs 12.6 trillion at the end of August 2018. Read on...

Tatas stick to measured growth in retail business, plan expansion

Last week, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran took steps to get over 1,000 subsidiaries within the group to synergise and to scale up key verticals. This was part of the holding company’s broader plan to simplify business operations and focus on high-growth areas such as consumer and retail.

Retail, in particular, has been one segment where the group has been measured in terms of its outlook. In two decades since its start, Trent’s flagship apparel chain Westside, for instance, has only 125 stores according to its 2017-18 (FY18) annual report. Latest Westside store count is not available. Read more here.

From Tata Harrier to Honda City, car buyers opting for high-end models

A month ago, when Mumbai-based Kunal Patil, 39, was looking to upgrade from his five-year-old Wagon R to an SUV (sports utility vehicle), he was very clear that no matter which brand he chose, he wanted to go for the top-end trim in the line-ups he had seen in showrooms.

A fortnight ago, he took the plunge, booking the XZ variant of Tata Motors’ new Harrier. “I did not want to compromise in any way, be it safety or creature comforts. I was anyways getting it financed so I didn’t mind stretching the budget,” said Patil, a media firm executive. Read more here.

Before fundraising, looks to bolster its senior management

Hoping to raise around $750 million in a mammoth funding round, foodtech unicorn is bolstering is senior management as well as newer verticals as demanded by present and prospective investors, sources in the company said.

The elevation of Gaurav Gupta as co-founder comes at a crucial time as is on the brink of raising fresh funds from various investors, including tech giant Alibaba and Delivery Hero, they said. Read more here.

With Rs 91,000-crore m-cap, now second biggest jewel in Tata crown

Call it the upside of being a conglomerate. While larger corporations in the group face upheavals and geo-political crosswinds, the Company has become the second biggest jewel in the group's crown with a market cap of Rs 91,000 crore as of March 1.

As a result of steady growth, deep penetration, and its Tata brand equity, is on track to the meet the company's stated 5-year vision of growing 2.5 X by 2023. Read more here.

Byju's brings in new teachers for math, science

Learning is about to get less mundane as popular cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, among hundreds of others, will soon be teaching math and science.

Byju's, the unicorn Indian start-up that recently became the world's most-valued edu-tech firm, is bringing popular cartoon characters to its learning platform through licensing deals, with top media production houses globally, the company said. Read more here.

States with low tax mop-up in value-added tax regime get GST boost

Goods and services tax (GST) is rapidly becoming redistributive in nature, boosting the tax revenue of states that were low tax collectors in the erstwhile state value-added tax (VAT) regime. Though revenues of developed states dominate overall GST collection, their revenues are growing the slowest, according to data presented in Parliament.

Successive rate cuts and revenue shortfall have dominated the debate on GST. Read more here.

IT is the only sector with multi-decadal growth visibility: TCS CEO

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) does business without much fanfare and is set to record $20 billion in revenue in the year ending 31 March. Yet, few people outside the company understand the secret sauce of India’s largest information technology (IT) services company.

Unlike what most management gurus will prescribe, TCS believes in building tech and grooming talent in-house rather than acquiring firms or hiring people from outside for senior roles, Livemint reports.

Government plans skill vouchers to make youth more skilful

The government is considering issuing skill vouchers or skill wallets to incentivise youths to undertake skilling programme of their own choice.

The vouchers can be used to pay for skill training at any of the approved skill providers, a senior government official told the Economic Times.

exploration will remain a challenge for govts

India’s hydrocarbon space will test the patience and policy consistency of the government of the day in the coming years as the country’s exploration policy enters a transition phase.

Life of the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) regime may remain only for the next 10-15 years, as the country’s entire and gas exploration as well as production business is shifting to Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP)-Open Acreage Licensing Programme (OALP), the Hindu Businessline reported.

First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 06:16 IST