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Retailers enjoyed a "spectacular" Christmas, official data showed, with total sales growing at their fastest rate in years.

Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen

TV review: The White Queen is less historically plausible than Game of Thrones (despite being ostensibly true)

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Ikea is launching a refugee shelter

Ikea's right-on refugee shelter flat-pack

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.

August will see the launch of Ikea’s 2014 catalogue which, for the first time, includes a set of dinky versions of some of its most famous pieces

No more flat pack? Ikea furniture now comes ready-built, but there's a catch: it's for dolls' houses, not grown-ups

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.

Ingvar Kamprad has stepped down from the board of Ikea

Page 3 Profile: Ingvar Kamprad, Ikea founder

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Too Swedish? The Volvo S60 R-Design

Don’t like the taste of Swedes? Well neither does Volvo's new Chinese owner

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”.

Ikea's 'Gosa Raps' fell foul of an unfortunate, though erroneous, translation

Branding: Always read the label - it may mean something completely different when translated

Pity the poor folk who invent product names; their lives are about to become very complicated

Horse Sense? A Stockholm Ikea. The store’s move has been approved by ministers

Withdrawn meatballs back on sale

Ikea is to return its signature dish – horse DNA and all – to its in-store restaurants, and other retailers may follow suit

SITTING PRETTY: One of the highlights of the collection, this tan leather SO3 Seglora sofa is eminently desirable and the leather should age beautifully. £1,400

A rare Stockholm collection

Ikea launches its seldom seen Stockholm range next month. Trish Lorenz gets a sneak peak

Ikea's profits hit by price cutting

The flat-pack furniture giant Ikea has posted its lowest profits for three years in the UK.

You thought the horse meatballs were bad... Ikea withdraws cakes over 'faecal matter'

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.

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Socialite's ex found guilty of blackmail

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The officials said that traces of horsemeat were found in

Ikea withdraws meatballs from sale after inspectors find traces of horsemeat

Officials said that traces of horsemeat were found in "beef and pork" meatballs in the UK, Netherlands, Portugal and others

NILS: Both men and women are pretty fond of sitting. But as you’re not able to fold this and it’s not made of lace, Ikea’s made it male

Ikea furniture: Are Billy, Sofia and friends really sexist?

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.

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