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Only 5 malls launched across India in 2020: Report

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Severely impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, Indian cities in 2020 saw the addition of just five new malls as against 54 expected before the coronavirus hit the nation, said an Anarock report on Monday.

Among the cities that added the new mall supply are Gurugram, Delhi, Lucknow and Bengaluru. The supply is far less than the previously predicted numbers, it noted.

“Before the COVID-19-catalysed lockdown in March, our research indicated that Indian cities were to see new supply of around 54 new malls in 2020 spread over nearly 22.2 million square feet area,” Anuj Kejriwal, CEO & MD of Anarock Retail said.

Of this, the top 7 cities were to see new supply of nearly 35 malls spread over around 14.6 million square feet while tier 2 and 3 cities were to see new supply of 19 new malls over 7.6 million square feet, he said.

“COVID-19 added enormous pressure to the already delicately-poised Indian retail sector. The anticipated new mall supply was severely hit this year and most of it will spill over to 2021 and beyond. New completions have been deferred and leasing activity has been delayed,” Kejriwal said.

As per the report, latest data indicates that 14 new malls spread over 5.9 million square feet area will get operational by 2021-end across Indian cities, and fit-outs are underway in at least 10 of them.

Among the cities that will see the maximum new supply in 2021 are Mumbai, with likely supply of at least six new malls, followed by Bengaluru, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Rourkela (Odisha).

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Equity indices trade lower; Sensex down by over 300 pts

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India’s key equity indices – S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 – traded lower during Monday’s early-morning session.

At 10 a.m., the 30-scrip sensitive index traded at 60,504.75 points, down 316.87 points or 0.52 per cent.

The Sensex opened at 61,398.75 points from its previous close of 60,821.62 points.

Besides, the NSE Nifty50 traded at 17,989.40 points, lower by 125.50 points or 0.69 per cent.

It opened at 18,229.50 points from its previous close of 18,114.90 points.

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Nissan, Porsche face action over false emissions information

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South Korea’s antitrust regulator has decided to order Nissan Motor, Porsche AG and their two Korean units to take corrective steps for falsified information over gas emissions of their diesel cars.

Nissan Motor, Nissan Korea, Porsche and Porsche Korea are alleged to have stated false information about gas emissions of their diesel vehicles imported for sale in South Korea, according to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).

The KFTC also decided to impose a fine of 173 million won ($146,700) only on Nissan Korea, reports Yonhap news agency.

Illegal software installed in their cars caused gas emission reduction devices to not fully operate during normal driving conditions.

The practice meant that the cars did not meet permissible emission levels, but the automakers falsified such facts in signs attached to their cars, according to the commission.

In September, the regulator fined Audi-Volkswagen Korea and Stellantis Korea a combined 1.06 billion won for similar allegations over gas emissions.

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Fuel price hike paused after 5 days of increase

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The price hike of petrol and diesel paused on Monday after increasing for the last five days to reach their highest-ever levels across the country.

Accordingly, the pump price of petrol in Delhi remained at Rs 107.59 a litre, while diesel prices also stood at Sunday’s level of Rs 96.32 a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

In the financial capital Mumbai, where petrol prices increased to Rs 113.47 per litre and diesel to Rs 104.47 a litre, the highest among all metros, there was no further hike in the retail rates on Monday.

The fuel prices remained static on October 18 and 19, but increased for a fourth straight day by 35 paise per litre previously before again rising for five consecutive days between October 20 to 24. There was no change in rates on October 12 and 13.

Diesel prices have now increased on 24 out of the last 31 days, taking up its retail price by Rs 7.80 per litre in Delhi.

Due to the sharp hike, the fuel is now available at over Rs 100 a litre in several parts of the country.

This dubious distinction was earlier available to petrol that had crossed Rs 100 a litre mark across the country a few months earlier.

Petrol prices had maintained stability since September 5 but oil companies finally raised its pump prices last week.

The rates increased on 21 of the previous 27 days taking up the pump price of petrol by Rs 6.40 per litre.

Crude price has been on a surge rising over a three-year high level of over $86 a barrel as global demand remains firm while OPEC+ continues to move s lowly on increasing production.

Since September 5, wthe price of petrol and diesel in the international market is higher by around $9-10 per barrel as compared to average prices during August.

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