Wal-Mart splits from India partner; retail on hold
MUMBAI (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores says it has ended its joint ventures with an Indian partner and has put plans to open its own retail stores on hold until Indian regulations ease.
The move by the world's largest retailer represents a blow to India's attempts to attract foreign investment in retailing.
Wal-Mart Asia CEO Scott Price recently said Indian regulations requiring foreign retailers to buy 30 per cent of products from local small and medium businesses make opening its own stores impossible.
A statement on Wednesday said Wal-Mart and Bharti Enterprises would dissolve their partnership in both wholesale and retail stores.