Reebok India Alleged Fraud Cost Euro 153 Million to Adidas

Reebok India alleged fraud last year has put 153 million euro dent on the balance sheet of German sportswear maker Adidas. In year 2012, Reebok India filed FIR against two top officials of the company.

The investigation is currently on and ex-Managing Director Subhinder Singh Prem and ex-COO Vishnu Bhagat are under investigation for their alleged involvement in the fraud.

Adidas Group changed top management this year by bringing Erick Haskell from China operations to lead Indian team. The company also offered voluntary retirement to 84 employees last year. The company has also reduced its store count in India to reduce costs.

Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer announced that 2012 was successful year for Adidas Group with the company managing to grow its overall sales by six percent. The company registered 14.9 billion Euro sales in 2012.

Indian Stock Market Trades Higher; DLF and Hero MotoCorp Gain

Indian Stock Markets were trading marginally higher during afternoon trade with Hero MotoCorp, Maruti Suzuki and DLF among major gainers. At 14.28 pm IST, BSE Sensex was up by 46 points at 19300 while NSE Nifty was trading higher by 10 points at 5828.

European markets have opened marginally higher. FTSE was up by 0.2 per cent at 6440. DAX and CAC were also marginally higher.

Among major gainers in today’s trade were Hero MotoCorp with gain of 4.2% at Rs 1716. Maruti Suzuki was higher by 1.8% at 1450. DLF and Larsen were up by nearly 2 per cent.

Among major losers were Jindal Steel, HUL, Tata Motors and Ambuja Cements. Reliance, ONGC and Coal India were trading marginally lower.

Indian currency was slightly higher compared to US dollar and Euro. Gold was trading at Rs 29555 for 10 grams in Mumbai market while Silver was at Rs 55050 for 1000 grams.

AirAsia Gets FIPB Approval to Start New Airline in India

AirAsia has received approval of Foreign Investment Promotion Board for setup of new airline in India. The Malaysia based budget airline has jumped in Indian aviation sector by setting up a joint venture with Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace. Tata Group was planning to enter aviation sector for quite some time.

After the modifications in FDI policy in September 2012, AirAsia is the first airline to enter domestic aviation sector in India. Domestic travelers in India can expect lower airfares as the new airline company will try to cut the market share of other players.

In Indian domestic aviation sector, Indigo Airlines and GoAir have been doing very good. Jet Airways and Air India are also prominent players in domestic aviation space.

Jet Airways is also looking to expand its base in India with investment from Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways.

The Tata Sons-AirAsia joint venture company will operate from Chennai. The company will focus on Tier-II and Tier III cities connectivity by air routes. AirAsia will be involved in operations of the airline while Tata Sons will be holding 30 per cent stake in the company with negligible operating role.

More Painful Quarters for European Automakers

European automotive majors could see more struggle in coming quarters as the automobile sales have been dropping in the recent months. With bleak outlook for future months, the auto majors are having no option but to cut staff and reduce plant costs.

Major auto companies operating in European region are expecting years of low sales due to austerity measures by European governments. With continued plunge in sales of new vehicles, the companies have to reduce their operating costs.

In year 2012, the car sales dropped 8.2 per cent in the European Union nations. The new vehicle registrations in Germany were down by 10% this February compared to last year. For the same period, the sales in France were lower by 12% and in Italy were lower by 17percent.

Many companies are betting on the growing markets like India and Brazil. By shifting production base to these countries, the automobile companies are able to maintain a strong hold in the developing nations.