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Why Doesn't Apple, Inc Have Any Official Stores in India?

By Chris Neiger - Sep 29, 2015 at 2:00PM

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India is quickly becoming one of the world's largest smartphone markets, but trading laws prevent Apple from opening its own official storefronts.

The dust is just settling on Apple's (AAPL 0.17%) record-breaking iPhones 6s and 6s Plus launch weekend, with 13 million units sold so far. This year, those sales numbers include iPhones sold in the all-important greater China region. And while Apple's had massive success in the country so far, the company is looking to its next major market -- India -- for more growth. 

According to Strategy Analytics, India will supplant the United States as the world's second-largest smartphone market by 2017. But for all the growth coming in such a large country, Apple still doesn't have a way to directly sell iPhones to Indian consumers. Click on the video below to find out why. 

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