Here are this week’s top business stories including the First Republic bank collapse, the Go First crisis and the highest ever monthly GST collection so far. The ultra-low-cost airline, Go First, filed for voluntary insolvency and cancelled its flights till May 12 while JP Morgan Chase Bank came to the rescue of First Republic, another embattled US financial firm to fail after Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). This and more in our weekly wrap of the top five business stories that made headlines:
- After filing for voluntary insolvency before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) earlier this week, cash-strapped airline Go First on Friday announced the suspension of flights till May 12. The tribunal will also hear two petitions seeking insolvency proceedings against the crisis-hit airline on Monday. The Widia-group owned air carrier has blamed “faulty” Pratt & Whitney-an American aerospace manufacturer-engines for the grounding of about half its fleet leading to the bankruptcy filing.
- The CBI on Friday conducted searches at seven locations including the premises of Jet Airways and its founder Naresh Goyal in Mumbai in connection with an alleged ₹538-crore fraud case in Canara Bank. The CBI searches were spread across the residences and offices of Goyal, his wife Anita, and former airline director Gerang Ananda Shetty.
- GST collection grew by 12 per cent in April to ₹1.87 lakh crore, the highest monthly mop-up since the rollout of the indirect tax regime. The gross GST revenue collected in April 2023 is ₹1,87,035 crore of which CGST is ₹38,440 crore, SGST is ₹47,412 crore, IGST is ₹89,158 crore (including ₹34,972 crore collected on import of goods) and cess is ₹12,025 crore, the finance ministry said in a statement.
- India’s services sector activity, as measured by the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), reached a 13-year high of 62 in April, according to data released by the S&P Global on Wednesday, despite rising cost pressures for the beginning month of fiscal 2023-24.
- US-based First Republic Bank was closed on Monday by the local regulators as it entered into an agreement with JP Morgan Chase Bank to purchase and assume all deposits and assets of the troubled bank in a bid to protect depositors.