Improving footfalls on the backdrop of various discount schemes offered by the retailers, stimulated hopes of faster recovery of the Indian Retail sector during FY13. Correspondingly, the sales volumes across the retail segments increased on y-o-y basis. However, the operating margins of the retailers failed to improve during FY13, primarily owing to the increase in input costs.To counter the same, the retailers adopted various measures such as closure of non-viable stores, re-negotiation of store rentals, effective manpower planning in view of the store size and SKUs therein.
During FY13, SSS performance of the retailers remained unchanged as compared to last year. With high interest rates and lack of fund-raising avenues from the capital markets, the availability of capital further remained a major constraint to the Indian retailers during FY13.
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