India lets Zara brand owner sell Massimo Dutti products

The government on Friday approved a proposal by Spain's Inditex SA, the world's largest clothing retailer and the owner of the Zara brand, to sell its Massimo Dutti line of clothing, apparel, footwear and other products.

India had rejected an application by Inditex unit Zara Holdings BV to sell the more upscale brand through a joint venture with Tata Group's retail arm, Trent Ltd, in July 2012.

But the Foreign Investment Promotion Board on Friday cleared the proposal as part of a go-ahead to 15 foreign direct investment plans worth Rs 2050 crore.

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