Retailers enjoyed a "spectacular" Christmas, official data showed, with total sales growing at their fastest rate in years.
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Tuesday 02 August 2011
After the closure of a fake Apple store, a furniture outlet has been accused of copying Swedish giant Ikea.
Thursday 28 July 2011
With just a year to go to the start of the Olympics, news reaches the Diary that Ikea has bid to build a 30-acre development of housing, offices and shops next to the Olympic Park in east London. Nightmares about puzzling, flat-packed, self-assembly 10-storey apartment blocks which always have one or two vital screws missing are far off the mark. A load of meatballs, if you like. Ikea is, in fact, an established housebuilder in Europe via its LandProp business. And the rumour that when you go into the homes they build you can only walk in one direction? Hopefully there's no truth to it.
Sunday 10 July 2011
Sunday 10 July 2011
Ikea: it has become almost as ubiquitous as childbirth and, similarly, though the experience may cause pain, we'll always go back for more.
Saturday 25 June 2011
It's not quite over; three Habitat stores will remain for the time being in London.
Monday 20 June 2011
Sunday 19 June 2011
A friend has just moved into a box-fresh rented flat – nice. But even with pictures up and Ikea purchases in, she said: "Looks a bit sterile, doesn't it?" It did. So how to banish that just-moved-in sheen?
Sunday 29 May 2011
Time was you'd look to your grandparents for your newborn child's first name, or perhaps the monarch. George, Margaret, something respectable, with a crease to it. And then get back to the Home Service and the suet. But today? Well what you call your child will say as much about you and your – horrid word! – aspirations as the car in your driveway and those lumps from Ikea cluttering up your sitting-room: Kai, Jayden and Madison were all fast risers in the Office of National Statistics' last list of most popular baby names in England and Wales (2009), and where do they come from?
Pick and mix: How can you achieve the modern-vintage style without your home resembling a bric-a-brac stall?
Saturday 30 April 2011
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Wednesday 13 April 2011
Sunday 20 March 2011
Nothing says "I love you" like flowers. But nothing says "romantic" like candles. In the finest restaurants and hotels, at the smartest weddings – wherever, in fact, you wish to create an atmosphere conducive to gazing into the eyes of someone special – stick a few tea-lights in holders and voilà, the flicker of the flame a shorthand for instant intimacy.
Thursday 03 February 2011
If you stop to think about it, Ikea is the Walmart of the furniture world, and yet it hasn't featured in the rogues' gallery of brands that anti-globalisation activists love to hate. This is surprising. With its brash, cloned, super-sized blue box developments on every continent but Africa, it offers an obvious target. At the very least, it is implicated in the death of traditional town centres caused by out-of-town retail parks and the decimation of smaller furniture manufacturers.
Wednesday 02 February 2011
Saturday 15 January 2011
The flat pack furniture giant Ikea has delivered a modest rise in annual profits, driven by an increase in sales and margins.
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