Younger consumers don’t have loyalty issues: Nick Foley

Landor, a global brand strategy firm, has just released its list of top 10 global agile brands, which has Samsung on top, followed by Android, Wikipedia and Google. Nick Foley, its president, South East Asia Pacific & Japan,Landor discusses agility, millenials and Indian brands withPurva Chitnis Why are most brands in the list technology driven brands? They are the most ... Read More »

Foreign investors want govt to defer Coal India stake sale

Opposing an immediate stake sale in Coal India Ltd, foreign investors have told the Finance Ministry that further disinvestment in the coal miner should be put off as the current market valuation is low. Foreign investors such as Fidelity, Wellington Management and BlackRock have also conveyed that they might look at selling their holding in Coal India since the share ... Read More »

Kendriya Bhandar to sell imported tur dal in Delhi from Oct 15

  To boost availability and check rising prices, state-run Kendriya Bhandar will start selling imported tur dal at its 100 locations in Delhi from October 15, while sale of the commodity at Mother Dairy’s 300 Safal outlets will begin from this weekend. State-owned MMTC has floated a fresh tender for import of 2,000 tonnes of tur dal, to be delivered ... Read More »

Kesoram invests Rs 800 cr for radial tyres

The BK Birla Group’s flagship company Kesoram Industries is restructuring its tyre business by selling one unit and investing Rs 300 crore to foray into radial tyres for cars. This investment over the next six months is in addition to the Rs 500 crore already spent for the move into car radials. “We do not need to invest more for ... Read More »

Dow, DuPont merger to create three entities in India

The merger of Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, with combined market value of $130 billion, will result in creation of three separate entities in India with agriculture products, material science and specialty products as main businesses. At present, Dow Chemicals and DuPont, with combined revenues of $1.78 billion in India, compete with each other across these verticals. Both companies do ... Read More »

Old sites can’t house Ultra Mega Power Plants

  Plans to build a clutch of ultra mega power plants (UMPPs) at the sites of vintage coal-based stations could come a cropper with surplus land having been eroded by rapid urbanisation. Moreover, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), which was mandated to examine the feasibility of the proposal, has voted against it. However, it’s possible super-critical units, rather than UMPPs, ... Read More »

Federal Bank sells stressed loans of GOL Offshore

sector lender Federal Bank, which has been battling high non-performing assets (NPAs), has sold theloans of GOL Offshore (formerly Great Offshore) to asset reconstruction companies (ARCs). “The account was standard in our book, but we could foresee trouble brewing. We sold it to ARCs for Rs 140 crore in the October-December quarter. We got the right price for it,” said ... Read More »