Mumbai, November 3: The coronavirus pandemic has been extremely difficult on every business, and India's MSME sector is one of the worst-hit. The sector which has about 70 million enterprises and employs around 110 million people is battered due to the lockdown.
From factories being shut down, and freeze in the production, it is the small companies who are facing the heat of the pandemic. All eyes are now on Diwali 2020, from which they expect the sales to recover and help them to bounce back.
With the ease in the lockdown restrictions and with the economy opening up, business is taking place. According to a Financial Express report, retailers in majority sectors are yet to recover back to the year-ago level, and businesses in consumer durables and electronics seem to be scaling back relatively faster.
Some of these sectors like- sports goods, furniture, jewellery, footwear, food and grocery have still not managed to hit October 2019 level growth, according to the survey done by the Retailers Association of India.
While all hopes are pinned on the Diwali season, but according to reports, the demand continues to be low as people are sceptical of going to shops and making their purchases. On the other hand, customers are extremely careful in terms of spending as well.