Subhiksha: An Indian Retailer in Trouble

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Case Code : BSTR333
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 2008-2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Subhiksha Trading Services Limited
Industry : Retail
Countries : USA

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