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A dramatic increase in the number of people who enjoy the taste of reindeer is putting pressure on stocks in Finland

Demand for Dasher and Dancer at dinner tables strains Finland's reindeer stocks

Suppliers are turning down requests for the exotic meat for fear of depleting the forests

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Intu makes £101m shops foray in brave Spanish step

The company has joined Canada’s CPPIB pension fund on the deal

Ikea to sell solar panels in the UK

Swedish furniture giant says customers 'want to live more sustainably'

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Police seek clues to Esme's movements

Ingvar Kamprad, 87, officially retired from the Ikea board in June

Ikea boss handed billions to sons after legal battle, claims book

Book claims thrifty furniture billionaire battled to retain control but was finally defeated

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Tosca

Classical review: Tosca - Adam Spreadbury-Maher's production doesn't quite meet expectations

OperaUpClose specialises in bold transpositions, best exemplified by its witty setting of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in an IKEA store. For Tosca their writer-director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has effected a different kind of transposition, but one which is entirely logical.

Ikea's augmented reality app enables virtual redecorating

New app for mobile devices combines with a catalogue to place tables and chairs in your front room

David Weir on his way to victory in the men’s T54 mile during the Anniversary Games

Anniversary Games: David Weir’s successful repeat brings down the curtain on return to Olympic Stadium

Londoner shakes off indifferent 2013 form to electrify 60,000 crowd with T54 mile triumph

Design Museum staff building the WikiHouse

New Design Museum exhibition claims 'the future is here'- but are we ready for home manufacturing?

The Future Is Here - A New Industrial Revolution is to open at London’s Design Museum. It’s a chance for the public to get up close to new technologies that are as significant to the future of global manufacturing industries as they are popular on Twitter and Youtube. 

Palestinian groups furious as Israeli jeans company Fox sets up shop in Ramallah

Activist says company 'supports occupation' and the Palestinian Authority is violating its own laws by allowing store opening to go ahead

New Market Hall - Ikea

The write stuff

The digital age was meant to put an end to paper, but a new Ikea  boutique shows that we can’t get enough of it, writes Kate Burt

Flat-pack fix for refugees

Ikea contributes to World Refugee Day with flat-pack fix for refugees... if they can build it

It’s been a rocky month for Ikea. The flat-packer’s flat-packer-in-chief – founder Ingvar Kamprad – left the company at the beginning of the month, a few days after British customers had been complaining in their droves (well, 50) about the firm’s spooky gnome advert.

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