11 Jan '12, 10am

Finally, Starbucks can open in India

NEW DELHI - India abandoned a rule against foreign single-brand retailers operating stores without a local partner, paving the way for global companies including Starbucks and Ikea. The government ratified a No 24 cabinet decision to raise the ownership limit to 100 per cent from 51 per cent, Trade Minister Anand Sharma said in a statement yesterday. The new rules take effect immediately and require companies to procure at least 30 per cent of the products they sell from smaller Indian companies, he said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has pledged to open India to overseas companies after reversing a decision to let multi-brand retailers such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour open supermarkets in India's US$400 billion (S$517 billion) retail market. Mr Singh's administration has struggled to advance its initiatives amid opposition from its own allies and a corruption scandal that p...

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