WPI Inflation Rises to -0.52% in August - Top Indian Market Updates


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WPI inflation rises to -0.52% in August

India's wholesale inflation remained in the negative territory for the fifth month in a row in August. The wholesale price index (WPI)-based inflation increased slightly to -0.52% in August, compared to -1.36% in July. This continued decline in wholesale prices can be attributed to the comparison with a higher base period. It is also mainly due to a fall in prices of mineral oils, basic metals, chemicals, textiles, and food products compared to the same month last year

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Oil India to invest ₹25,000 crore for net zero by 2040

Oil India Ltd plans to invest ₹25,000 crore in clean energy projects that will help it achieve a net zero carbon emission goal by 2040. The company’s net zero plan includes a combination of cutting down the flaring of gas and commercialisation of stranded gas. It also consists of setting up renewable electricity generation capacity, building green hydrogen plants, and constructing biogas & ethanol plants.

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Tata Motors to set up separate sales network for EVs

Tata Motors is planning to create a distinct sales network for its electric passenger vehicles (EVs) in the current financial year (FY24). The move aims to offer a specialised experience to customers opting for eco-friendly models. Tata Motors recently unveiled updated versions of its Nexon EV and Nexon with an internal combustion engine.

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Maruti Suzuki partners with Indian Bank to provide financing solutions

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has partnered with Indian Bank to provide financing solutions to its dealers. The two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will empower over 4,000 Maruti Suzuki dealerships across the country with comprehensive inventory funding options for their working capital requirements.

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DGCA raises concerns with P&W about issues in IndiGo plane engines

Following engine failure incidents with IndiGo aircraft, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked Pratt & Whitney (P&W) to issue a service bulletin in the next 60 days with the fleet management action plan. IndiGo's fleet of A320 planes is powered by P&W engines. A total of 11 engines were impacted due to the high-pressure turbine (HPT) hub issues, which were flagged by the engine maker in July.

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Hamleys opens first store in Italy

Reliance Brands-owned Hamleys has opened its first exclusive retail store in Italy, in collaboration with franchisee GIOCHI PREZIOSI S.P.A (GP). GP holds the exclusive rights to operate Hamleys outlets throughout Italy. In 2019, Reliance Brands (a subsidiary of Reliance Industries) acquired the British toy retailer for approx. ₹620 crore then.

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Paper industry revenue may dip 8-10% in FY24: Crisil

As per rating agency Crisil, Indian paper manufacturers’ revenue may decline 8-10% in FY24 despite gains in volume, as the average realisations are likely to soften on lower raw material prices and intense competition. The industry's total volume is expected to rise 5-7% in FY24, similar to the last financial year. The operating margin will remain healthy at 18-19%, ensuring a stable cash flow generation.

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Axis Finance approaches NCLAT against NCLT approval of Zee-Sony merger

Axis Finance has filed an appeal in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against the National Company Law Tribunal's (NCLT) approval of the Zee-Sony merger. This comes just over a month after the NCLT's Mumbai bench approved the merger on August 10 by dismissing all applications against it.

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India’s air traffic rose 22% in August

According to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Indian airlines carried 124.23 lakh passengers in August, a rise of 22.8% compared to July. IndiGo continued to hold the largest market share at 63.3%, followed by Air India and Vistara with a 9.8% share each. 

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