Retail stocks jump on hopes of FDI in multi-brand retail

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Retail stocks jump on hopes of FDI in multi-brand retail
Trent: Quotes, News
BSE 260.05BSE Quote4.75 (1.83%)
NSE 259.95NSE Quote4.6 (1.77%)
Shoppers Stop: Quotes, News
BSE 351.55BSE Quote1.55 (0.44%)
NSE 352.00NSE Quote0.4 (0.11%)
Shares of retail companies jumped sharply today, following reports that the government would consider FDI in multi-brand retail after the presidential elections.

Shares of Heritage Foods jumped 7%, while Pantaloon Retail gained more than 4.3%, Trent gained 9.38%, Shopper's Stop jumped 9.36% and Provogue gained 7%.

It maybe recalled that the cabinet had earlier approved FDI in multi-brand retail, but had to shelve it after fierce opposition from allies, particularly West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.

FDI in multi-brand retail has been criticised on the grounds that it would lead to lakhs of small shopkeepers becoming jobless.

However, many believe that FDI in multi-brand retail would create more jobs, reduce prices and also help curb wastage as there would be fresh foreign investment in chilled freezer technology which could prevent a lot of wastage.

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