Pune: In an unsound con­di­tion

The mar­ket has been dull for the past few months but sales in Au­gust picked up well

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Eight largest me­trop­o­lis in In­dia and the cul­tural cap­i­tal of Ma­ha­rash­tra, Pune is known for its ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties and pros­per­ity. Sec­ond largest city in the state, Pune has a slew of prom­i­nent in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and automotive com­pa­nies set­ting up fac­to­ries in the dis­trict. As one of the ma­jor in­dus­trial cen­ters for au­to­mo­bile, Pune is also emerg­ing as a grow­ing IT and in­dus­trial hub. The city has a num­ber of re­sellers deal­ing in a range of IT prod­ucts and pe­riph­er­als, in­clud­ing com­put­ers, UPS and servers. How­ever, the most selling prod­ucts in the mar­ket are lap­tops, cab­i­nets and soft­ware. In the last two months, the mar­ket has been wit­ness­ing a good growth, and peo­ple are de­mand­ing prod­ucts from ma­jor brands, like Acer and Dell.

Yo­gesh God­bole, CEO, Ace Brain Sys­tems & Soft­ware said, "The mar­ket has been av­er­age since the last six months with no new trends emerg­ing in the mar­ket at present." While Devesh Agar­wal, owner, The Sil­ver Lin­ings said, "Although the mar­ket re­mained dull for some, we have done a good amount of busi­ness." Shi­tal Vi­jay Na­har of Na­har In­te­grated Sys­tem Sys­tem Ser­vices claimed that July was slow, while Au­gust picked up lit­tle on sales. Talk­ing about the most con­tribut­ing sec­tor of the re­gion, God­bole said, "Ed­u­ca­tion is the most con­tribut­ing sec­tor at the mo­ment, as the schools/col­leges have opened up af­ter va­ca­tions." Na­har was also of the same opin­ion and voted for ed­u­ca­tion as the most con­tribut­ing sec­tor. Among the top-selling prod­ucts, both God­bole and Na­har bet big on lap­tops to be on the top. Ac­cord­ing to God­bole, ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 lap­tops were sold in Pune in the last 3 months.

Talk­ing about the most ac­tive as­so­ci­a­tion of the city, Com­put­ers and Media Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (CMDA), God­bole said, "CMDA is very ac­tive in the re­gion. It or­ga­nizes tech­ni­cal sem­i­nars ev­ery now and then for en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents. It also con­ducts meet­ing fre­quently. CMDA also pub­lished some trade guide­lines re­cently, which helped in smooth busi­ness trans­ac­tions in the city. We have less dis­putes with our ven­dors now as a re­sult of the guide­lines."

Shar­ing their fu­ture ex­pec­ta­tions about the Pune mar­ket, God­bole said, "I see a slow­down in the fu­ture in terms of man­u­fac­tur­ing, but ser­vice and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor looks bright." Agar­wal added, "I think the mar­ket will re­main dull for quite some­time now." Na­har said, "The fu­ture seems dull, as in­ter­na­tion­ally the sit­u­a­tion is bad."

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