Business Today Archive May 31, 2009 Issue

Edition: May 31, 2009

Cover Story

The fizz is back

Coca-Cola India is regaining market share and is gaining mindshare too. It is making profits on a turnover that’s estimated to be over Rs 4,000 crore. Its tale is a heady mix of strategy, tenacity and luck, reports Shamni Pande.
Despite the challenging business environment, a clutch of companies posted stellar results in the earnings season. BT handpicks 10 outperformers on Dalal Street.
For the first time, Business Today along with CARMA International present an extensive study of the world’s hottest and most writtenabout CEOs of 2008-09.
Editors note
Our cover story for this issue can be seen as one such report from the frontlines. It chronicles how Coca-Cola India has finally put its house in order after almost two decades of struggle.
Top Mind
What is it? This is the new “Deluxe” edition of Amazon’s e-book reader, the Kindle.
Garnered: Over 2.03 lakh bookings by Tata Nano, deliveries of which will begin in July. At Rs 95,000 per car booked for the base model, plus the 6.1 lakh booking forms sold at Rs 300 each, Tata Motors has garnered around Rs 2,500 crore from the launch exercise.
Sumantra Ghoshal and Christopher Bartlett, in their path-breaking book, Managing Across Borders, identified four types of global companies.
Pick a weight that you can handle safely for the prescribed repetitions and watch your timings—four second negative with an explosive positive (push.)
Printed Circuit
How good is the new Nokia E75? Well, to begin with here’s a sample: all the text on this page was written and then e-mailed from the phone!
BT More
Between partying with Naomi Campbell and launching his latest Dream Hotel in Cochin, Vikram Chatwal takes time out to talk money, ambition and the private jet he had to sell when the economy collapsed.
Leadership Spotlight
It’s not just results—Warne’s team, the Rajasthan Royals, won the first edition of the IPL and looks a sure-fire contender for the second—that speak in Warne’s favour.
While efforts to rein in tax havens may not affect investment into India, this is an opportunity for policy reforms.
More for sentiment than outcome, what the new government does in the first few weeks will be critical. Business Today spoke to a few experts to find out what these initiatives should be.
India’s biggest conglomerates feel the pain after an adventurous bout of mergers & acquisitions in the boom times.
Back of the Book
April, May and June are make-or-break months for a few categories and sales trends indicate that these products have overcome the slowdown blues. Tall glasses of thick lassis up north and salty buttermilk down south, branded ice creams, colas, prickly heat powders… anything and everything to do with summer seems to be doing well. Shamni Pande reports.
There are companies in many sectors that are bucking the overall hiring trend. These are financially-strong companies that want to be more competitive in the market. Upping the hiring momentum, these companies discover a slowdown is a good time to cherry-pick talent. Saumya Bhattacharya, E. Kumar Sharma & N. Madhavan report.
It was with some trepidation that I began reading your cover Indian IT’s Worst Hour (BT, May 17). However, it was with a great sense of relief that I put it down two hours later.
60 minutes
Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL), has been an employee of Suzuki Motor Company for the past 25 years. With the industry facing flagging demand, thanks to economic downturn and increased competition, Nakanishi today faces his toughest challenge yet. He speaks to BT’s Kushan Mitra as MSIL prepares to launch the ‘Ritz’, its seventh product in the small car segment. Excerpts:
The new kid on the trading block that’s set to launch an equity and derivates platform is from Financial Technologies, which currently has in its stable India’s largest commodity futures exchange, the Multi-Commodity Exchange. It is giving competition to NSE, which is gearing up to deal with the commodities bourse major. Rachna M. Koppikar reports.

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