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Pantaloon’s May sales up 14%, plans expansion

Pantaloon’s May sales up 14%, plans expansion
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First Published: Tue, Jun 23 2009. 11 30 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Jun 23 2009. 11 30 AM IST
Mumbai: Kishore Biyani-led Pantaloon Retail India has posted over 14% growth in sales last month from its value, home and lifestyle retailing segments.
The Future Group firm, which has chalked out ambitious expansion plans, also plans to open nine additional central malls by December 2009, it said in an investor update.
The company’s three segments put together generated sales worth Rs619.27 crore last month, against Rs540.66 crore in May 2008, up by 14.54%.
India’s largest listed retailer saw its sales jumping by almost 30% at Rs6,719.29 crore during July-May 2009 in the three segments compared with the year-ago period.
Future Group founder and CEO Kishore Biyani said he plans to roll out 10 new malls, which will add 1.5 to 1.7 million sq ft to the company’s existing retail space of 14 million sq ft.
Biyani will fuel the expansion using Rs367.5 crore it raised last month through preferential allotment of shares and warrants.
Pantaloon Retail would inject close to Rs250 crore within the next year-and-half for setting up 10 Central malls in the country, he said.
“We plan to expand in some of the country’s other consumption centres such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Surat, Mumbai, Vizag, Jaipur, Thane, Raipur and Nashik,” he said.
The retail major has also sought to raise additional long-term funds of up to Rs1,000 crore in one or more tranches through issuance of securities to various investors.
Besides, the supermarket operator will also roll out six Big Bazaar and eight Food Bazaar stores by July-end.Biyani also plans to set up six eZone and two HomeTown stores by next month.
Home Solutions Retail (India), an unlisted entity and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pantaloon Retail India (PRIL), runs the home retailing (and home electronics) stores - Home Town, Furniture Bazaar, eZone, Electronics Bazaar, and Collection i.
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First Published: Tue, Jun 23 2009. 11 30 AM IST