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The Wall Street Journal: Amazon set to get India’s approval for online grocery deliveries

NEW DELHI — Amazon.com Inc. has a multimillion-dollar plan to dive into the online grocery business in India, as looser restrictions finally allow it to sell some products directly to consumers.

New Delhi is set to give the online retail giant the green light to invest around $500 million over the next five years to build a nationwide network to stock and deliver groceries, a Trade Ministry official said.

The South Asian nation typically bars foreign companies from selling products directly to consumers to protect the countless mom-and-pop shops that form the backbone of its retail industry. Amazon has so far had to act as an online marketplace, providing online and logistics support for other companies rather than selling products directly to consumers.

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