Richemont seeks single brand retail entry into Indian market with Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels

Jan 17 2014, 19:32 IST
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Richemont, whose stable of brands includes jewellers Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, has applied to open shops in India. Richemont, whose stable of brands includes jewellers Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, has applied to open shops in India.
SummaryRichemont's entry could boost luxury retail sector, which has fast-rising number of wealthy people.

economic crisis, Geneva-based Richemont has had a good run of growth in the last two years, boosted by its expanding retail operation at a time when its wholesale business has seen a more modest rise in sales.

Richemont's proposal will now be examined by the department of industry, and if approved, would then be submitted to India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board for final approval.

New Delhi will not relax sourcing conditions for the luxury brand, even if it finds it difficult to procure 30 percent of merchandise from local suppliers, the official said.

"They might have thought about these conditions before applying. There is no question of relaxing outsourcing conditions," the official said.

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