Cafes to cosmetics, Ikea to offer the whole basket

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SummarySwedish furniture maker Ikea will be allowed to do business in India exactly on the lines of its global model, commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma confirmed on Wednesday, indicating that the multinaltional would be allowed to sell products other than furniture and run cafes, as it does in other countries.

November 20, 2012, decision. Subsequently, the FIPB deliberated on the representation at its meeting on December 31, 2012, and sought clarifications from the company. Once the FIPB clears the company’s proposal, it will go to the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) as is the norm for all foreign investment proposals exceeding R1,200 crore.

The government in September 2012 relaxed a provision requiring single-brand retailers to source at least 30% of their requirements from SMEs, modifying rules to say it was “preferable” rather than ‘mandatory. Ikea will operate here through its wholly-owned subsidiary Ingka Holding Overseas BV and the investment of R10,500 crore will be the largest by a single-brand retailer. The FIPB has also okayed two single-brand FDI proposals of British footwear retailer Pavers England and a 51% JV of US luxury clothing retailer Brooks Brothers.

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