India has been ranked the most attractive market in the world for the third consecutive year, although its appeal is starting to decline, according to a survey by management consulting company AT Kearney.

A combination of increased consumption and an under-developed organized retail environment has made India an attractive destination for global retailers, the study said. However, India’s attractiveness has dropped from 100 to 92, on a scale of 100, this year.

This is because new players have entered the market and the “window of opportunity will get smaller over time”, said Hemant Kalbag, principal, consumer industries and retail practice at AT Kearney. “There is still significant opportunity, but the new players will have to deal with more competition, shrinking margins and more expensive real estate,” he said.

India, in fact, has scored behind Russia, China, Chile, Mexico and Argentina among other countries on market attractiveness, which was one of the four criterion used for the global retail development index.
While the potential for organized retail sales is high because of the upswing in young India’s spending power, regulatory and infrastructure issues have held back growth.

While India is ranked first on general attractiveness, it ranks behind Malaysia, the Slovak Republic and Thailand on the retail labour index.

Retailers compete with business process outsourcing units and other better paying companies, driving up their wage costs.
This, combined with rising real estate costs, has encouraged retailers to enter the Indian market through tier-II and tier-III cities before they enter the metros. New retailers, such as Liberty International and Prozone Retail, plan to enter the Indian market in smaller cities first. India scored better on country and business risk this year because both the regulatory environment as well as acceptance of foreign retailers has improved, the report said.

Source of Information: Livemint.com
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    Nowdays I have started getting a proud feel of being an INDIAN :p . Specially when I go through the recent developments of Indian Economy and the interests of foreign investors toward our country. Realty is no doubt gonna change the face of our county.. Just read another piece of information -


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