Retail Real Estate – Review of 2018 and Predictions for 2019

Retail Real Estate – Review of 2018 and Predictions for 2019

  • Cities that saw maximum retail growth in 2018 included MMR, NCR, Bengaluru and Kolkata
  • PE investment inflow in the segment grew 54% in H1 2018
  • 32 new malls spanning nearly 13.5 million sq. ft. is slated to be operational in 2019

Anuj Kejriwal, MD & CEO – ANAROCK Retail

Besides commercial office spaces, the retail sector also emerged as one of the most vibrant and fast-paced real estate sectors in India in 2018.

Among the major policy overhauls, the Government further liberalized FDI policies early in the year. These policy interventions repositioned the Indian retail sector on the global map of investments, attracting a large number of global retailers into India and further fuelling the growth of organized retail in the country.

The Government’s decision to allow 51% FDI in multi-brand retail and 100% FDI in single-brand retail under the automatic route was a definite crowd-pleaser that attracted giants like Walmart to make forays into the country.

The Government is now mulling to further tweak norms for retail trade – similar to SEZs – and enacting a 365-days working policy to help India climb higher on the Ease of Doing Business index among 190 countries.

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