Retailers enjoyed a "spectacular" Christmas, official data showed, with total sales growing at their fastest rate in years.
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TV review: The White Queen is less historically plausible than Game of Thrones (despite being ostensibly true)
Monday 17 June 2013
The White Queen, Sun, BBC1 // Goodbye Granadalan, Sayt, ITV
Sunday 16 June 2013
Move over Billy bookcases and Kassett CD storage, Ikea is launching, as part of World Refugee Day on 20 June, an unlikely addition to its flat-pack range: a refugee shelter. A mallet will be provided with the instructions.
No more flat pack? Ikea furniture now comes ready-built, but there's a catch: it's for dolls' houses, not grown-ups
Monday 10 June 2013
Bagging yourself a sofa, table, storage unit, rug, chair and cushion for £12 might sound like a steal even by Ikea’s standards, but there is a catch: you’d have to share measurements with the Lilliputians if you wanted to kick back and relax on this particular living room furniture.
Thursday 06 June 2013
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Are Volvos too Swedish? They are, according to Li Shufu, head of the Chinese firm that bought the car manufacturer in 2010. He told a TV interview that the interiors “feel too Scandinavian”, and the management’s a bit Swedish, too, whatever that means. Volvo’s PR team has swung into action to insist Mr Shufu’s comments got lost in translation, but maybe he’s onto something. Here, Trending presents a handy guide to what is and isn’t “too Scandinavian”.
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Pity the poor folk who invent product names; their lives are about to become very complicated
Sunday 14 April 2013
Ikea is to return its signature dish – horse DNA and all – to its in-store restaurants, and other retailers may follow suit
Thursday 21 March 2013
Ikea launches its seldom seen Stockholm range next month. Trish Lorenz gets a sneak peak
Wednesday 06 March 2013
The flat-pack furniture giant Ikea has posted its lowest profits for three years in the UK.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Ikea, the world’s leading flat-pack furniture retailer, has withdrawn chocolate almond cake sold in its stores in 23 countries after it was found to contain sewage bacteria.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Socialite's ex found guilty of blackmail
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Throw some light on whatever you're working on with a classic, quirky or even a canine design
Monday 25 February 2013
Officials said that traces of horsemeat were found in "beef and pork" meatballs in the UK, Netherlands, Portugal and others
Tuesday 12 February 2013
It’s incredible what you can get at Ikea these days: those mugs with the too-small handles; fairy lights; beds; meatballs; a bit of casual sexism. If you were to have a flick through the Swedish flat-pack company’s substantial catalogue, paying attention to the names it gives its products, among the many Nordic place names it uses for things such as mirrors and bedside tables, it seems to have a distinctly gendered naming process.
Sunday 10 February 2013
Horns of a heavyweight dilemma
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school