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Swedish retailer H&M plans to invest $131 mn in India

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) plans to invest euro 100 million ($131 million) to set up 50 wholly owned single-brand stores in India.

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Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) plans to invest euro 100 million ($131 million) to set up 50 wholly owned single-brand stores in India.

"After the liberalisation of FDI policy in single-brand retail, there has been a considerable interest shown by all global retail majors," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said.

According to the ministry's statement, H&M has applied for 100 per cent single-brand investment through wholly owned subsidiary of the brand owner.

"The government remains committed to liberal economic reforms agenda. We view foreign investments as a source of technology, finance and means of creating gainful employment in the country," Sharma said.

H&M is the second big Swedish firm to announce the retail business plan for India.

Furniture company Ikea plans to invest Rs 10,500 crore ($1.94 billion). The company has already got approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and can start operation after getting the nod from the cabinet.