Business Today Archive June 15, 2008 Issue

Edition: June 15, 2008

Cover Story

Retail wars

The retail industry is expected to sink all of $36 billion into various formats by 2013. This would result in an industry with an estimated turnover of $110 billion by 2014. And the big boys are here to stay. However, the obvious and billion-dollar question is: Will all of them be able to co-exist over the longer term?
Money
Although stock lending has yet to gather momentum, it promises long-term investors a chance to make an extra buck from idle shares.
In This Issue
Big is Anil Ambani’s media brand and the name seems to define his ambitions in the sector. The world’s sixth-richest man, with a networth of $45 billion (Rs 1.93 lakh crore), will now be pumping in a billion dollars into razzmatazz’s ultimate pilgrimage, Hollywood—producing 10 movies over a period of 18 months.
Special
Business Today presents an annual listing of India Inc.'s fastest growing large, mid-size and small companies based on their revenues.
Editors note
Our cover story (Retail Wars) details the plans that the biggest players in the business have for that market and takes a look at what they've already put on the ground. As each of them vies for the largest share of the customer's wallet, get ready to witness India's imminent retail battles.
Editorial
For a beleaguered UPA government, increasingly under fire from the Left and the Opposition over galloping inflation, the sharp rise in global crude oil prices couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.
Top Mind
A service from the Tata Group that monitors web traffic to prevent a DDoS attack.
Policy Watch
The rollout of the 3G network may not happen until late 2009. The reason: the Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) just can’t seem to agree on anything.
News Maker
Necessity, in Brent Fraser “billy” Bowden’s case, was, indeed, the mother of invention, as rheumatoid arthritis made him invent the crooked finger signal that has spelt doom for many a batsman in international cricket.
Noted
Inked: By Ranbaxy, an agreement with the US-based Merck for discovery and clinical development of antiinfective drugs. Ranbaxy will be paid an undisclosed sum upfront, and will potentially receive over $100 million (Rs 430 crore) per drug on achieving various R&D and regulatory milestones. Ranbaxy CEO & MD Malvinder Singh said the returns will start flowing to the company from this (second quarter) itself.
Deal Watch
Every month, we bring you a listing of the biggest deals struck by Indian companies in India and abroad. Our partner: global professional services firm Ernst & Young. Here are the deals that were struck in May 2008.
BT More
It’s a scorcher of a summer. But in the Southern Hemisphere, some people are enjoying the chill. Head to the cool climes of South Africa, one of the world’s most preferred destinations, and discover the lesser-known parts of that beautiful country.
Treadmill
This is one routine that tends to get short shrift in the strength training sections of gyms. While most men tend to focus a lot on chest exercises, like the ever popular bench press, or on building their biceps and triceps, the shoulder muscles are often dealt with cursorily.
Printed Circuit
Nokia is making sure that it gets its N-Gage gaming platform right the second time around.
People
Lynn de Souza, Chairman and CEO, Lintas Media Group; Infosys’s N.R. Narayana Murthy; Grover Wines’ Karishma Grover; Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon; Jandhyala Harinarayan of IRDA and former Joint Managing Director of Max India, B. Anantharaman.
Trends
What you see at the petrol pump is the finished product of a very long journey, and one where lots of cost gets added. We take a look at the journey.
Current
Bharti’s out of the race, but is R-Comm in? Analysts are skeptical that Ambani can pull off a deal for now. But there was little clarity at the time of writing of what lay ahead. MTN, for its part, was still in play.
Features
Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Shrenik Lalbhai has chalked out an aggressive growth plan for brands and retail, which is expected to change the face of his company over the next two-three years. BT's Anand Adhikari finds out whether he is on the right track.
Back of the Book
Sriperumbudur is humming with change as scores of telecom and electronics majors are employing increased number of women—who constitute over 40 per cent of the workforce. They, in turn, have become dream weavers for their families, thanks to their work. Business Today's Nitya Varadarajan reports.
Jobs
Luxury goods purveyors, who see a rich market in India, are hunting for talent.
Letters
IPL is an outstanding success. Top overseas cricketers playing alongside homegrown stars in a spirit of camaraderie is a sight to behold, especially in the backdrop of a surge in sledging and other on-field controversies. IPL has certainly benefitted cricket. But the business tycoons who have invested millions in their teams will have to wait a little longer to break even and make profits. They will also have to constantly innovate to make profits every year. 
Event
With business goals constantly changing, organisations have to optimise their network capabilities to achieve operational excellence.

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