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  1. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Chinese demand for furniture 'decimates' rosewood stocks in Mekong region, activists say

    Posted May 13th 2014, 10:40pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Illegal logging to meet demand for status symbol could wipe out tree species, say campaigners Chinese furniture trade decimating rosewood stocks Runaway Chinese demand for luxury furniture is spurring illegal logging across Southeast Asia, stripping the region of precious Siamese rosewood and driving cross-border corruption and violence, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1511507/chinese-demand-furniture-decimates-rosewood-stocks-mekong-region-activists
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Furniture buying spree lands Japanese research lab in new scandal

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 10:38pm by AFP

    ... scientists of faking data, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on designer furniture, reportedly to use up its budget. The Riken Institute, headed by Nobel chemistry laureate Ryoji Noyori, ... it was having a tough time spending its budget within a fiscal year, so it would frequently do interior renovations," the researcher was quoted as saying. A Riken spokesman said the furniture ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1482446/furniture-buying-spree-lands-japanese-research-lab-new-scandal
  3. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Furniture trader held over HK1.4 million in unfilled orders

    Posted Nov 29th 2013, 05:23am by DARREN WEE

    ... Darren Wee darren.wee@scmp.com Some 200 people say they fell victim to the chain store which closed down in September Furniture trader held for HK$1.4m in unfilled orders The director of furniture chain store J.M. Soft has been arrested on suspicion of accepting a total of HK$1.4 million for orders that went undelivered. The Customs and Excise Department said yesterday it had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1368103/furniture-trader-held-over-hk14-million-unfilled-orders
  4. News - China - POLITICS

    Furniture-making puts retired Community leaders in spotlight

    Posted Nov 24th 2013, 06:32am by Staff Reporters

    ... headlines again for their roles in shaping cabinets of the furniture variety. While it is a political taboo for retired state leaders to publicly flaunt their political clout after retirement, some ... to the spotlight purely over their shared love of crafting furniture from rare wood with their own hands. Their handiwork is being exhibited at Beijing's Red Sandlewood Museum, which was established ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1364078/furniture-making-puts-retired-community-leaders-spotlight
  5. Business - China Business - E-COMMERCE

    China's furniture stores wage war with online retailers

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 03:50pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... Jeremy Blum jeremy.blum@scmp.com Large scale malls on the mainland are insisting on regulations for e-commerce websites In an effort to prevent brick-and-mortar furniture stores from ... in a memo by members of the China Furniture Association Market Committee, a group encompassing nineteen of the mainland’s large scale furniture malls, including Redstar Macalline, JSWB and Ayd, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1348268/chinas-furniture-stores-wage-war-online-retailers
  6. News - World

    Stylish pet furniture the latest must-have in Paris

    Posted Oct 19th 2013, 04:09am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Paris Pampered pooches part of the furniture Parisian poodles are used to being pampered by their doting owners, groomed to perfection and adorned with luxury leashes and collars. Now they finally have the furniture to match. A company co-founded by a former Societe Generale banker has come up with a range of high-end interior items for the furry and the feathered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1334929/stylish-pet-furniture-latest-must-have-paris
  7. News - World

    US spending at retail businesses up 0.2 pct. in August on strong demand for autos, furniture

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 08:33pm by AP

    ... WASHINGTON (AP) — US spending at retail businesses up 0.2 pct. in August on strong demand for autos, furniture. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1309235/us-spending-retail-businesses-02-pct-august-strong-demand-autos-furniture
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Green Dot Home carves a green profit out of unwanted furniture

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Green Dot Home finds new owners for pieces people would otherwise throw away, like an Italian-brand sink worth HK$50,000 Dumped furniture diverted from landfill into profit Furniture recycler Alan Chuen Wai-lun received a call from a stranger one day asking him to come collect an unwanted bathroom sink. When Chuen saw it, he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1204948/green-dot-home-carves-green-profit-out-unwanted-furniture
  9. News - World - HISTORY

    Ikea paid millions to Romania's communist secret police in 1980s

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 04:31am by The Guardian

    ... The Guardian in Bucharest Swedish furniture chain made secret payments to the feared Securitate through deals with a local furniture manufacturer in the 1980s Ikea 'paid Romania's secret police' Romania's brutal communist-era secret police received covert six-figure payments from Ikea as part of the Swedish group's deals with a local furniture ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1548113/ikea-paid-millions-romanias-communist-secret-police-1980s
  10. News - Hong Kong - Cityseen

    Designer comes up with the perfect fit- growing furniture for growing kids

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 12:00am by VICTORIA KUNG

    ... Victoria Kung victoria.kung@scmp.com Designer comes up with the perfect fit- growing furniture for growing kids Eco-chic furniture store TREE has unveiled "Sand", its new collection for children. Inspired by designer Silvia Marlia's childhood experiences in Italy, her children and the Montessori education system, each piece of furniture is designed for toddlers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1022919/designer-comes-perfect-fit-growing-furniture-growing-kids

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