Beauty and the BRIC

Euromonitor International, a provider of strategic market research, says that emerging market consumers are still spending a good amount of cash on beauty and personal care. Value sales across emerging markets were up almost 10% in 2014 over the previous year at fixed U.S. dollar prices. However, annual growth did not reach double-digit levels for the first time in more than a decade.  

GCI reports that global beauty and personal care brands are now faced with a more reticent China, where the consumption culture of its mid-income consumers is changing; a more cash-strapped Brazil as the Brazilian economy is veering toward recession, and a more inward-looking Russia. Will India be the new China? GCI asks, since it was one of the best performing emerging markets for beauty and personal care in 2014, with retail sales climbing 15% from 2013.

India has some of the best growth prospects over the next five years from among all the emerging markets. India’s economy is notably being boosted by lower oil prices, and increasingly beauty-conscious urban consumers will have the money to spend on beauty products. These trends bode well for beauty and personal care categories such as deodorants, color cosmetics and men’s grooming.

June 25, 2015   No Comments

Boston Scientific’s BRIC Sales Rise by 18 Percent

Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, Mike Mahoney, CEO of Boston Scientific a Marlborough, Mass.-based  medical device company, said the company derived about 10% of its total sales from emerging markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China during the 3-months ended Sept. 30, 2014 — an 18% increase from the same period in 2013.

Mass Device reports that Boston Scientific is looking double its emerging markets presence over the next 2 years as it seeks to catch up with larger competitors; therefore expanding its presence in emerging markets is one of five strategic imperatives Mahoney said the company is putting forward in 2015 and beyond.

May 1, 2015   No Comments

U.S. and India Move Forward on Implementing Nuclear Deal

India and the U.S. are further on the path to implementing the civilian nuclear deal with senior nuclear department officials of both sides exchanging the signed text of the “administrative arrangements” that would guide the deal, says a report by ManoramaOnline. This follows the cryptic announcements made by both countries as President Obama arrived in New Delhi in January.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the Indo-U.S. nuclear contact group had “acknowledged that policy hurdles no longer exist”. He also added that  100 officials from different countries with whom India is doing nuclear commerce are attending a workshop on India’s Nuclear Insurance Policy. The officials are from Japan, including from Toshiba, and from Westinghouse, which is to set up the U.S. -built reactors in India.

“All the biggest names in the nuclear field”, including from Russia’s Rosatom are attending the workshop. “All those doing business in India are here, trying to work out and understand issues,” Akbaruddin said.

March 24, 2015   1 Comment

Christine Lagarde of IMF calls India a Bright Spot

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund,  says that  India a “bright spot” on a cloudy global horizon. She declared that India has the potential to double the size of its economy by 2019 compared to 2009.

During her visit to India, Lagarde commented, “India’s GDP will exceed that of Japan and Germany combined. Indian output will also exceed the combined output of the three next largest emerging market economies – Russia, Brazil and Indonesia…This year already, India’s growth rate is expected to exceed that of China,” reported Economic Times.

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Five positive actions that  have caught the attention of the IMF chief are:

  1. The Modi government and India’s central bank led by governor Raghuram Rajan who are “skillfully shifting the focus to good macroeconomic management, transparent government, and inclusive development,” said Lagarde in an interview to Times of India.
  2. The 2016 Indian budget “struck a good growth-equity balance. There’s emphasis on increasing the provision of public infrastructure, and within a fiscally-responsible framework,” she said.
  3. India’s fast growing economy in which the IMF expects India’s GDP growth to pick up to 7.2% in the current fiscal and accelerate to 7.5% in 2015-16 – making India the fastest growing large economy in the world. Lagarde commented, “India is indeed a bright spot, and economic development holds much promise. India has an opportunity to become one of the world’s most dynamic economies. My message will be: Seize it!”
  4. “India has prepared better than most emerging-market economies for external shocks by shrinking current account deficit and increasing stock of international reserves; the higher GDP growth expected now, should help,” Lagarde noted.
  5. India’s subsidy reforms for reducing poverty, where the government has put in place a program to ensure welfare payments reach intended beneficiaries is commendable, Lagarde feels.


March 20, 2015   No Comments

India Continues to Leads Weapons Imports

The volume of international transfers of major weapons in 2010–14 was 16 per cent higher than in 2005–2009 according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The five biggest exporters in 2010–14 were the United States, Russia, China, Germany and France, and the five biggest importers were India, Saudi Arabia, China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan.  India accounted for 15% of all arms imports and its main suppliers include Israel, Russia, the United Kingdom and increasingly the United States.

Arms Imports by Country

Between 2005–2009 and 2010–14 imports increased by 140 per cent. In 2010–14 India’s imports were three times larger than those of either of its regional rivals China and Pakistan. This contrasts with 2005–2009 when India’s imports were 23 per cent below China’s and just over double those of Pakistan. India has so
far failed to produce competitive indigenous-designed weapons and remains dependent on imports.

March 16, 2015   No Comments