While public sector units across sectors have dropped in the BT 500 rankings, the fall
is more pronounced in the banking, minerals and mining, and oil and gas
sectors. The problem with PSUs, says U.R. Bhat, Managing Director at investment
advisory firm Dalton Capital Advisors, is too much government
Godrej Consumer Products's strategy of offering premium products at value prices has paid off. It managed to avoid passing on increased input costs to consumers through
smart sourcing of raw materials and efficient cost management.
It is difficult to estimate the size of the industry, given that it is not organised. Tattoos studios typically
charge Rs 1,500 for the first square inch, and Rs 500 for every
additional square inch. Interestingly, growing demand does not seem to
have affected prices.
Red Bull, the world's largest energy drink company, still dominates the
market, having entered 12 years ago, enjoying a 75 per cent share. But
it is being increasingly challenged by the likes of Tzinga, Cloud 9,
KamaSutra, Restless and Burn.
Luxury cars account for just one per cent of India's automobile market, but automakers are betting on smaller cars in this segment to bump up sales. India is the world's largest hatchback market with 1.8 mn cars rolling out of its factories a year.
Market experts say books are unlikely to go the same way as music any
time soon. India's books market, barring educational books, is valued at
Rs 1,600 crore and is part of an estimated Rs 3,500-crore
Their viewership is up more than 40 per cent in the past year, thanks to the Digital Access System. Digitisation gives viewers access to more than 10 English-language entertainment channels, and the transmission is of higher quality.
A number of women leaders have made it to the corner office in the past
year. Interestingly, the state-owned banks have been in the lead in
promoting them to the top job. A list of the best known among them.
The only way to curb the fiscal deficit would be through massive
expenditure cuts which would hurt growth, considering cutting back on
subsidies is off the radar, at least until the general elections are
The CBI has become exceptionally proactive in its coal scam probe ever since Ranjit Sinha took charge, fuelling corporate fears of a witch hunt. Sinha is personally overseeing the investigations into the Supreme Court monitored probe of the coal scam.
I expect to see recovery in the coming quarters. Exactly
how much... is difficult to predict. But we are definitely on a
turnaround pathMontek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, in Businessworld
Social media, and all the likes and retweets that come with it, is very
good for the ego. But is there any way to measure how much impact your
140 characters of sarcasm, or the Instagram of your last Italian meal,
had on your peers? Yes indeed, there are many.
Despite the downturn, banks continue to recruit liberally. According to various industry reports, hiring in the sector is likely to
rise further - over a million in the next five years - because a large
number of bank employees are reaching retirement age.
SEZs are a perfect fit for large global funds with low risk
appetites looking to invest in ready assets that can generate steady
returns from the beginning because of assured rentals from blue-chip
Eleanor Catton (right), 28-year old author from New Zealand, won the Man
Booker prize 2013 for her novel, The Luminaries. She is the youngest to
win the coveted literary prize. The sole Indian-origin author
competing, Jhumpa Lahiri, lost out.