Businesses in the home-based economy have been selling off their commercial affairs and have done so at a fast clip, according to a study by The Economic Times.
It says the number of companies in the business segment has doubled from 13.5 lakh in January 2019 to 20.8 lakh in September 2018.
This is a marked increase over the same period in the preceding fiscal.
According to the study, the commercial affairs segment has been largely dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises, which accounted for the lion’s share of the business in the first half of 2019.
The share of these small and mid-sized companies has gone up from 19 per cent in the period from April 2019 to December 2019 to 22 per cent by the end of September 2018, the report says.
The study says the government’s efforts to boost manufacturing and services sectors have been successful in boosting the business activity of small and midsize enterprises.
However, the study says these companies are not doing as well as they should be in terms of the share of total exports and in terms the volume of exports they generate.
The study said, among the industries which are most affected by the slowdown in exports are auto manufacturing, machinery, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals and furniture.
It said the overall decline in exports is being offset by an increase in imports from countries like India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) is also being impacted, the Economic Times report says, with foreign direct investments increasing from $4.2 billion in the previous fiscal to $8.6 billion in September.