Nestle India continues to witness demand for most of its products and its focus in the immediate period is to make sure that its products are available to consumers. It has also resumed operations at all its eight plants and distribution centres/warehouses.
The company is expected to undertake cash preservation measures such as reduced capital expenditure (capex) and limited dividend payout in FY21, which shall support liquidity. Additionally, to preserve liquidity, Vedanta has availed moratorium on its term debt obligation as per RBI guidelines after approval from respective banks.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the collateral damage, current and anticipated, have had a significant impact on the affluent consumer households, an Access Media International study said.
"70 per cent of start-ups stated that their businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. 12 per cent of the start-ups have shut operations and 60 per cent are operating with disruptions", Ficci said.
As lockdowns have shut banks and money-transfer offices, marooned migrants couldn't send money home.
Bajaj Auto manufactures vehicles for exports at a facility in the district’s Waluj industrial area. At present, 1,700-1,800 employees work at the Waluj factory where the company is operating at half the capacity in two shifts. It restarted operations at the plant on April 23.
Dharavi, believed to be Asia's largest slum, has been hailed as a success story in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, bringing cases from a daily average of 100 in April to about 10 in July, say city officials, thanks to a strict lockdown.
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The hike of up to 8 per cent is for the fiscal year 2020-21 and applicable from July onwards, the sources said. An e-mail sent to the bank did not elicit any response. The sources said these employees are from M1 and grades below, who are frontline staff mostly in customer-facing roles. They ensure the functioning of branches and other operations of the bank.
Over the last three months, the Centre has actively encouraged companies to start manufacturing products that they had never produced before, or scale up production manifold. If the products were not made in India, the science and technology department encouraged its institutes of eminence to innovate and develop the knowhow.
There has been no significant adverse impact on the company's financial position for the financial year ended March 31, 2020, as both of its manufacturing plants located at Uttarpara (West Bengal) and Pithampur (Madhya Pradesh) were already under "suspension of work/layoff" prior to imposition of lockdown, it added.
In a statement, Yediyurappa said, "I am going to discharge my duties from home from today for the next few days in view of some of the staff in the office-cum-residence Krishna testing positive for coronavirus."
The study examined 13 sectors — from mining and agriculture to construction and retail — in 19 countries. The greatest productivity losses from being undernourished were in agri, mining and construction, with Ethiopia and India facing the highest burden. The biggest impact from obesity was felt in the mining, education and health sectors.
The virus can cause neurological complications like headache, dizziness and confusion.
Consumption growth in rural India is outpacing the rate of expansion in cities and has already reached 85% of pre-Covid average sales underpinned by higher farm income, minimal retail disruption during the lockdown and migrant workers returning home. In comparison, urban market sales were relatively lower at 70% in May, according to Nielsen’s latest data. In the next nine months, the overall fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) segment is expected to grow at around 5% but rural will expand at double the rate of urban, reversing the trend of the past two years when slowing demand in the hinterland dragged the entire market down.FMCG demand in rural India robust, consumption growth reaches 85% of pre-Covid average sales
Women bear the brunt of Covid outbreak at the workplace, more likely to be furloughed and lose jobs as compared to men
School closures during lockdown have exacerbated the situation because more women than men tend to care for children.
54% of parents state that their kids are spending upto 5 additional hours on an average online in front of a screen. The biggest concern a majority - 57% of parents have is that the kids may unknowingly access inappropriate information online and use studying as an excuse to access non-educational content.
Coronavirus lockdown took a massive toll on the wedding industry in Gujarat’s Vadodara. Marriage decorators are facing hardships to revive their businesses in market. They are suffering loss due to COVID-19 outbreak. There are 12,905 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gujarat. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 active cases are 66,330 and 3583 deaths in India.Covid-19 impact: Lockdown takes toll on wedding industry in Vadodara
Since April 20, 2020, onshore operations have been restarted and are near normal at present.
While about 9 per cent of the company's natural gas output was impacted by inability of customers to take supplies due to the coronavirus lockdown, lower oil and gas prices had impacted its revenues, the company said.
The Galwan valley face-off with China is unlikely to affect India's COVID-19 fight as - medical experts say - all the essentials, from safety gears to testing products, are now being manufactured indigenously, reducing the dependence on Chinese imports to almost nil. They say from polyester swab sticks and viral transport medium (VTM) to testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) – India is now self-sufficient. ET's Nidhi Sharma has more details. Watch now. (Text: ET Bureau)Why China face-off unlikely to impact 'atmanirbhar' India's coronavirus fight
Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry, and more cuts are coming.Covid-19 impact: Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry
If you’re in an industry directly hit by the virus, think about how your experience would be applicable to fields that have solid long-term prospects, like cybersecurity, robotics and artificial intelligence. These sectors aren’t just for coders and engineers; they need accountants, compliance officers, HR managers and communications teams.
The findings are based on responses from 14,444 MSMEs. The survey, conducted in the second half of May 2020, focussed on the financial impact of the pandemic on MSMEs and their outlook towards the earnings.
As a fast rising power, China is growing more assertive and jostling with many countries.
Some marquee brands are looking at moving back to streets from malls because of Covid-19.
The anticipated applications and integration of robotic technology will require leaders of the future to carefully consider the balance between the roles of service robots and human employees in the guest experience, according to the paper published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.
Many employees are reluctant to travel by public transport due to the fear of community spread of Covid-19 and hence are in search of a suitable accommodation.
'The Elder Story: Ground Reality during Covid 19' was released on the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday. It was conducted by HelpAge India, which surveyed 5,099 elders across 17 states and four Union territories.
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ET's Consulting Editor Swaminathan Aiyar doubts the coronavirus disease can be controlled through lockdowns or zoning and thinks beyond couple of months, it will mean economic disaster without avoiding high deaths. He says the best policy will be to ease curbs even in red and orange zones - accounting for 88% of India's GDP - and to allow economic activities in full, along with precautions and behavioural changes. Watch now.Swaminathan Aiyar on why India needs to get fully back to business and learn to live with coronavirus
As the Covid-19 outbreak hits companies hard, CFOs like Vaish are bracing for what many are referring to as the toughest phase in their careers.
Our cost of production was one of the lowest due to low coal prices and input costs, says Satish Pai. Hindalco MD on improving margins and Covid impact on Q4 earnings
In fast-moving mass production industries like automobiles, production schedules are rigid and optimised for efficiency. Similarly, supply chains work on schedules decided months in advance on the basis of demand projections. However, carmakers are now looking to redesign these systems to cater to an unpredictable demand environment.
Ensuring financial stability (47%) and cost optimisation (44%) were the other top business priorities, revealed 'Global survey COVID-19: Impact on business', a survey conducted by executive search firm EMA Partners and shared exclusively with ET. The survey was carried out among 416-plus decisionmakers across 25 countries to gauge the impact that Covid-19 has had in their organisations.
The Sharjah-based airline, which has about 2,000 employees, did not say how many employees had been affected. It laid off 57 employees in May. The latest job cuts were a "last alternative" after the airline took a series of steps in past months to protect jobs, the spokesman said, without elaborating.
Emkay Global says the fall in crude prices and moderating agri-input prices should drive margin gains for most staples.
239 experts in 32 countries have evidence showing that smaller airborne particles can infect people.
The movie industry's biggest night is currently scheduled for February 28.
The Indian pharma industry has been a world leader in generics both globally and in domestic markets.
Based on assessments made by different analysts and industry body Ficci, here is an impact analysis in healthcare sector.
The impact of COVID-19 is different in different territories, based on its severances and category of zone such as Red, Orange or Green, Bank of India said in a disclosure to bourses.
The next few months for the insurance industry will be difficult in returning to the high speed market growth highways they are used to for long, and they have to find innovative solutions to stay profitable and resilient.
Restriction on public mobility and impact on many sectors of the economy will affect gross domestic product (GDP), disposable incomes, consumer sentiment and also the auto industry, it added.
Majority of the films felt that the impact of Covid on earnings could be between 20-50% while more than 62% of the businesses felt that they were positive regarding their business outlook.
TCS is expected to see revenue drop by 6%, Infosys by 5% and Tech Mahindra by 9%.
Chalet said it is watching market conditions as the lockdown unfolds and is evaluating all projects in the pipeline and will pace them in line with market conditions.
The coronavirus outbreak is making small businesses across sectors struggle to make ends meet. With GST compliance issues, slow domestic demand and demonetisation already playing spoilsport, the virus scare has only added to the woes of SMEs in the country. ET Rise tells you how SMEs are trying to pull themselves together to tide through these tough times. Watch!India’s small businesses were struggling. Coronavirus may be their death knell
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The prolonged lockdown along with rain and hailstorm in many regions has heightened rural distress, pushing anxious villagers to moneylenders — a situation which farm leaders say can trigger agitations and suicides unless farmers get quick relief.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday said the state government does not intend to impose any new tax to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. Replying to a specific question during a virtual press conference, Adityanath said, "We have started our economic activities, and it is moving on rapidly. As compared to the previous month, this month's revenue (collection) seems good." "There is no thought of imposing any separate tax, and our focus is to give more relaxation to the public. How to boost industrial activities while following social-distancing norms is our focus," he said. Watch now. (Text: PTI)No new tax in Uttar Pradesh to offset coronavirus' economic impact: Yogi Adityanath
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the world is changing rapidly. From masks becoming a fashion accessory, to social distancing becoming the norm, our culture is being impacted in multiple subliminal ways. Our workplaces are not far behind.
When will travellers return? Decimated by Covid-19, travel and hospitality recovery will be a long stretch
The travel industry is bracing itself for the new changes that will have to be factored in post lockdown.
New Delhi, Apr 20(ANI): Reliance Foundation has scaled up its meal distribution programme under Mission Anna Seva to provide over 3 crore meals to marginalised and under-resourced communities across India. Under the programme, Reliance Foundation is providing cooked meals, ready-to-eat food packets and dry ration kits to families and bulk ration to community kitchens. The entire staff of Reliance Foundation is working together in the mission on a war footing to ensure that no Indian goes hungry during the lockdown period. RIL has contributed Rs 535 crore to various relief funds, including Rs 500 crore to the PM-CARES Fund. COVID-19 lockdown: Reliance to provide meals for 3 crore Indians
Bank credit is an important factor illustrative of the general economic climate because it denotes aspects like the investments which are happening in a country or consumption of high-value items. Crisil expects a 5 per cent contraction in India's GDP for 2020-21.
In terms of business impact of the lockdown, HUL said it has severely impacted the FMCG market and the loss of livelihoods has taken a substantial toll on consumer demand.
EY's current assessment of India's 2020-21 real gross value added (GVA) growth is 1.9 per cent provided that India sticks to its infrastructure funding plans.
Covid-19 battered India's economy is projected to contract by 4.5 per cent this fiscal, said the International Monetary Fund. In the World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast report, the IMF said that India's economy is expected to contract on the back of a longer lockdown and a slower recovery than anticipated in April.Accordingly, the country's economy will contract in FY21 from an expansion of 4.2 per cent in FY20. In terms of calendar year 2020, the economy is expected to contract by (-)4 .9 per cent.Coronavirus impact: IMF predicts India's economy to contract by 4.5% in FY21
With the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, demand for horticultural produce is likely to be impacted more than that of food grains. Food grains have the government's minimum support price (MSP) and procurement support, the report explained.
Inequality is not a tool that creates differential impact during pandemic. It is also the reason behind the outbreak itself.
Butschek said that the operating location of an executive doesn’t matter as much these days, with the company focused on executing the “transformation” roadmap set out four years ago to turn around the business.
More and more families hit by the Covid storm are seeking shelter under MGNREGA.
"We are conscious of the dealer business conditions in various parts of the country and we have been prioritising production at our end as per dealer requirements, both in terms of quantity as well as the grades that they require," TKM Senior Vice President, Sales & Service, Naveen Soni said.
Covid-19 hits the economy. Growth to slow. Check the sector-wise impact and the ratings by various agencies.Sector-wise impact of Covid-19 given by various ratings agencies
According to the survey, about 67 per cent of 92 FPOs' business were highly impacted. About 49 per cent of the FPOs surveyed reported a shortage of finance, 11 out of 18 FPOs dealing in vegetable produce reported losses with a reduction of 35 per cent of sales as compared to last year.
Sebi said the economic turmoil because of the lockdown has led to distortions in the market.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also tweeted a clip which included portions from the PM's addresses to the nation on the COVID-19 crisis, including his remarks that the Mahabharata war was won in 18 days and the war against coronavirus will take 21 days.
According to market research company YouGov's 'global COVID-19 public monitor', confidence in the recovery from the pandemic is high in countries like China, Vietnam and Taiwan, while it is the least in India, Mexico and the Philippines. Along with India, majorities in the Philippines (55 per cent) and Indonesia (53 per cent) also believe that things are still on the decline.
The move would be the first arranged by the European Union executive since it was mandated last week by the 27 EU national governments to use an emergency fund with more than 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) available to reach advance purchase or call-option deals with up to six vaccine makers.
"Rural demand is little better than urban right now. In Maruti, the rural share has gone up to 40 per cent in June which is 1 per cent increase over the last fiscal," MSI Executive Director Marketing and Sales Shashank Srivastava told .
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's father, Anand Singh Bisht, died this morning. Mr Bisht who was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi last month due to kidney problems died at 10.44 am.UP CM Yogi Adityanath not to attend father's last rites amid COVID-19 lockdown challenges
It's a 'make-or-break' summer for tourist destinations around the world; survival looks bleak with shut hotels, few visitors
The annual influx of visitors is a concern for tourist spots around the world.
Indian Railways had begun limited operations for long-distance trains. But frequency of trains between Howrah and Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad were reduced from daily to weekly on the request of West Bengal government, a railway official said.
New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): Amid extended nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, many patients and their attendants are left stranded outside prestigious All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) hospital in a night shelter due to lack of amenities. Patients those who were scheduled for appointment prior to implementation of lockdown are now nowhere to go as they don’t have access to transportation and basic amenities which force them to accommodate in a night shelter. For these people, life has come to a standstill and left with nowhere to go as they hope for relaxation from the lockdown to move ahead in life. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended nationwide lockdown till May 03. COVID-19 lockdown: Lack of basic amenities force patients to stay in night shelters in Delhi
The price realisation has remained stable, it added.
As the world is undergoing the impact of Coronavirus, the IMF has revised its global GDP growth estimate. ET Wealth studies how India is placed in this scenario.
Kerala govt report estimates a loss of about Rs 80,000 crore in GVA to the Kerala economy in Q1 (Apr-Jun) of 2020. For March, the shortfall in GVA could have been roughly Rs 29,000 crore. The direct and indirect losses in gross state value addition (GSVA), based on an input-output model, is estimated to be 10% in 2019-20 and 20% in 2020-21.
New Delhi, Apr 12 (ANI): Massive crowd was seen at a vegetable market in Delhi on April 12 amid nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Delhiites were seen violating norms of social distancing while purchasing vegetables. On April 11, District Magistrate North directed DCP North West and Secretary APMC took all necessary measures to ensure social distancing protocol is followed at Azadpur Mandi and took strict action against those violating norms. There are total 903 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Delhi including 14 deaths. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 active cases surpassed 7,000 in India with over 240 deaths.COVID-19 outbreak: Delhiites violate ‘social distancing’ norm at Azadpur Mandi
Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access the funding boost put in place on Sunday night.
While the government is set to allow more flights, airlines have not been able to utilise the existing approvals. Data available with ET shows that airlines together operated 749 flights on Tuesday, much lower than the approved figure of 1,200 flights.
"Our findings suggest that COVID-19 has impacted the decision of 48.46 pc students who aspired to study abroad in the recent past. However, there is a larger proportion of non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students who have reconsidered their decision to pursue higher education outside India," it said.
TCS, Infosys and HCL will be hit by the reduced technology spending by clients in the US and Europe.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in India shot well past the 15,000 mark today, Health Ministry data updated at 8 am showed.The number of cases in the country stands at 15,712 at the moment. Casualties number 507 till now, while 2,231 have been listed as cured/discharged/migrated.As of 9 pm yesterday, a total of 3,72,123 samples from 3,54,969 individuals had been tested for the virus, according to latest data at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) website.India now has over 15,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases
India has become the key foreign market for Zyfra with more than 500 CNC machines connected to its MDCplus real-time machine monitoring and manufacturing data collection system in 2019.
The virus can stay aloft for hours in tiny droplets in air, infecting people as they inhale.
Big liquor and non-alcoholic beverage brands roll out programmes to help employees of industry hit by Covid-19. Industry estimates peg the restaurant sector’s job losses at 2 million. Many establishments are facing the threat of permanent closure. Alcohol still cannot be served in restaurants, which also have restricted timings.
Being one of the most unequal countries in the world, India remains in a particularly precarious position.
The phases of lockdown announced by the government witnessed a revenue shortfall of more than 60 per cent for the sector, creating an unprecedented crisis to the industry.
Karthikeyan Natarajan has chalked out a blueprint for the business for the next 9 months.
In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdowns, when the world economy has cratered, western governments took a U-turn on immigration.
COVID-19 led to supply chain disruptions and production halt in the latter half of March 2020.
Healthe of Melbourne, Florida, has created disinfectant devices that use a different technology, far-UVC light, which scientists say is a safe version of UVC for humans.
The government on Friday extended the suspension of scheduled international flights till July 30. It, however, said that some international scheduled routes may be permitted on a case-to-case basis.
A final composite PMI for the euro zone plummeted to a record low of 29.7 from February’s 51.6, lower than the flash reading of 31.4 and marking by far its biggest onemonth drop since the survey began in July 1998. The 50 mark separates growth from contraction.
New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Bollywood actor Salman Khan is deeply disturbed after reading about the growing violence against doctors and police personnel in various cities. Salman Khan said, “Doctors and nurses came to save you and you pelted stones on them, COVID-19 patients are running from hospital to nowhere, all these will not anyone.” “Because of some people all the citizens are suffering,” the actor further added and urged people to support the doctors and police personnel during this humanitarian crisisCOVID-19: Actor Salman Khan condemns attacks on doctors, police personnel
Covid-19 crisis: MoHFW issues a 17-point guideline to all central govt employees. Details by TIMES NOW's Mohit Sharma.Covid-19 crisis: MoHFW issues guideline to all central govt employees
When is the Government going to respond? Businesses look for assistance as coronavirus starts hurting
With their very existence at stake, many businesses are wondering what’s taking govt so long to provide a bailout.
Even the high-cost longer duration programmes for working professionals, priced between Rs 10-40 lakh, could come under pressure in the next 12-24 months as the pandemic-hit economy and rising joblessness are forcing professionals and corporations to tighten their purse strings, education consultants and industry experts said.
Placement firm TeamLease Services has received 22,367 resumes in May from hospitality sectors alone, up a staggering 444 per cent from 4,109 in the previous month. Professionals who are proactively looking out have either been handed out pink slips or are facing job threats as their companies take the restructuring route, said executives aware of the matter.
Airborne transmission could be the dominant route for spread of COVID-19.
While Bata India has stalled plans to open any new store in the next 3-6 months, the footwear maker has invested in expanding its product portfolio to stay relevant. The company recently launched new verticals such as Work-From-Home range with slip-ons and sandals, a collection of washable footwear, and anti-viral masks for adults and children.