MUMBAI Oct 3 Wal-Mart Stores Inc's
India partner, Bharti Enterprises, will take a call on the
future of its wholesale joint venture with the U.S. retailer
this month, the Economic Times said on Thursday.
Wal-Mart should take a decision on its Indian retail plans
in October and Bharti will accordingly decide if those plans
match its overall retail ambitions, Sunil Bharti Mittal,
chairman of Bharti Enterprises told reporters on the sidelines
of the India-Africa Business Council Meeting in Johannesburg.
Wal-Mart has an equal joint venture with Bharti under which
it runs its Best Price Modern Wholesale Stores in India and the
U.S. retailer last year had called Bharti its "natural partner"
to open its retail stores in the country.
In July, Reuters reported Bharti was looking to exit its
joint venture with Wal-Mart.
India permitted foreign retailers to own 51 percent of their
Indian operations in September 2012, but ambiguity around rules
governing the policy has ensured no foreign retailer has so far
applied to enter the country.
A spokesman for Bharti Enterprises, which also runs top
Indian telecommunications carrier Bharti Airtel,
declined to comment beyond Mittal's comment published in the