MUMBAI May 3 French retail giant Carrefour SA
has begun making plans to exit its India wholesale
operations, the Times of India reported on Saturday.
Carrefour operates five wholesale cash-and-carry outlets in
India and, after foreign investment rules were eased in 2012, it
had been widely expected to set up a chain of supermarkets.
The company has seen senior-level exits from its India
business recently and some employees may be asked to leave over
the next few weeks, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.
A report in the Business Standard newspaper on Saturday,
also citing unamed sources, said the company has been working on
an exit plan for India for the past two weeks and is expected to
cut staff positions in the coming weeks.
A Carrefour spokesperson in Paris declined to comment.
So far only Britain's Tesco PLC has announced plans
to invest in India after the federal government gave foreign
supermarket chains the green light in 2012.
Global retailers have maintained that India's retail
regulations, including mandatory 30 percent local sourcing from
small and medium-sized enterprises, and the ability of states to
enact their own legislation for foreign chains, will be
difficult to comply with.
Last month, the Bhartiya Janata Party, widely expected to
lead India's next government, said it would ban foreign
supermarkets from the $500 billion retail sector if it comes to
(Reporting by Himank Sharma and Dominique Vidalon; Editing by