Indore is a rapidly developing tier 2 city which is also the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is proceeding towards becoming a major cosmopolitan hub in central India. The city has set trends in the fields of art, media, commerce, trade, fashion, etc. Indore emphasizes upon finance, research, technology, education and entertainment too, thus justifying its status of being the commercial capital of the state. Indore is said to have the largest economy in central India. It serves as the business and trading capital of the state. Indore is known for its textile industry, which is the largest in India. Handloom and dyeing industries are also quite popular in this city. Indore also focuses on extracting oil using Ghani, weaving bamboo mats and baskets and manufacturing metal utensils. It also has a growing industry of embossing and engraving on gold and silver ornaments. Indore is situated on a high elevation and at the same time, it is an inland location. Hence, it experiences a mix of the humid subtropical climate and the tropical savanna climate. Even the hottest days in the city are relaxed by relatively cool and comfortable nights. This place never lacks enjoyable things ? there are shopping malls, theatres, roller-coaster rides, go-karting tracks, magic shows, circuses - Indore has it all! It has many places of historical and religious importance for visitors to explore.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.