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From Our Archives | Govt study finds big retail at small shops’ expense

From Our Archives | Govt study finds big retail at small shops’ expense
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First Published: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 01 15 AM IST

Updated: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 03 57 PM IST
Govt study finds big retail is at small shops’ expense
Survey followed Sonia Gandhi’s letter to PMO; findings may set stage for a showdown over government policy
A politically-sensitive survey, ordered by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at the behest of the ruling United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, on the impact of big, branded retail chains on unorganized individual stores has confirmed—and quantified—a significant decrease in both revenues and profits at India’s smaller retailers that are battling large, deep-pocketed chains.
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Shoppers don’t want a stop to big retail
Majority in favour of more branded stores; low-income consumers say such outlets offer large savings
India’s urban shoppers, attracted by wider choice and more brands than just lower prices, are overwhelmingly in favour of allowing more branded retail chains to set up shop, a sign of looming trouble for the nation’s tens of thousands of small, city shopkeepers.
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Organized retail has hit small stores: study
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Impact on average paid employees
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First Published: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 01 15 AM IST