French Ikea executives questioned over police-file spying scandal

Stefan Vanoverbeke

Two executives at Ikea France were being questioned by police as part of a probe into allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers, a judicial source said.

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013, 8:33pm

New generation takes reins at Ikea as founder lets his three sons take over

Mathias Kamprad will be chairman of Inter Ikea.

Asked if he would ever quit Ikea, 87-year-old founder Ingvar Kamprad told an interviewer last year he "had no time to die". But his latest step back from the world's biggest furniture group has pushed a younger generation to the fore.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:39am

Solutions to finding the right furniture within your budget

The interior of the Sha Tin outlet of Ikea, which has three megastores in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Shopping for furniture in Hong Kong can be a headache - the challenges of finding something that fits in your flat and meets your budget can take the fun out of choosing designs and colours. But there are plenty of solutions if you know where to look.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

No problem with cakes here, says Ikea

No problem with cakes here, says Ikea

Ikea Hong Kong yesterday moved to assure customers that the affected batch of almond cake pulled from its restaurants worldwide is not being sold at its stores in the city. On Tuesday, the Swedish furniture giant withdrew batches of almond cake from restaurants in 23 countries after Chinese authorities said they contained coliform bacteria, normally present in faecal matter.

7 Mar 2013 - 7:23am

A Bad Week for … , March 3, 2013

Ikea found itself embroiled in the scandal over tainted meat.

Ikea found itself embroiled in the scandal over tainted meat - with the row even stretching as far as its ever-crowded Hong Kong stores. 

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

Ikea suspends sales of meatballs in Hong Kong

Ikea announces a suspension of meatball sales. Photo: May Tse

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has halted sales of its meatballs in Hong Kong, following similar moves elsewhere in the world, after overseas batches of the product were found to contain horse meat.

Ikea stopped selling meatballs temporarily at its three stores in the city to "relieve potential worries among customers", the company said yesterday.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

India likely to open door to Ikea

Ikea plans to invest as much as 42 billion rupees in India.

India is poised to approve furniture retailer Ikea's application to open stores as the nation seeks to lure more investment, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said.

"It should go through," Sharma said on Wednesday. "There should not be any doubt in anybody's mind."

4 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

Ikea hits meatballs snag in India

Chances cloudy for Ikea to serve meatballs in India

Ikea's Swedish meatballs, gulped down in their thousands each weekend in store cafes around the world, are the subject of a bureaucratic tug-of-war in India that could hit local consumers' hopes of sampling the joys of flatpacked furniture soon.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am

Ikea ‘regrets’ forced labour use in East Germany

Ikea admitted on Friday that some of its suppliers in the 1970s used forced labour in former Communist East Germany. Photo: AFP

Swedish furniture giant Ikea admitted on Friday that some of its suppliers in the 1970s used forced labour in former Communist East Germany and expressed regret that controls were less strict at the time.

17 Nov 2012 - 9:56am

Store de force: seconded nature

Photos: K.Y. Cheng

Living in Style celebrates the colours, contours and textures of tropical wood, writes Fox Daniels.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm 1 comment

The Week Explained: Ikea controversy

A Stockholm newspaper shows the airbrushed woman-free version and the original page from Ikea's catalogue. Photo: AFP

Inter Ikea Systems, that company that sells basic yet hard-to-assemble furniture, has suffered a double whammy in Saudi Arabia after airbrushing women out of pictures in its catalogues.

15 Oct 2012 - 1:02am

Ikea blasted in Sweden for airbrushing women out of Saudi Arabia catalogue

The Swedish (left) and Saudi versions of Ikea's catalogue. Photo: AFP

The world's biggest furniture retailer has come under heavy criticism in its home market Sweden after it airbrushed women out of its latest catalogue in Saudi Arabia, raising questions about its policies towards gender equality.

Ikea, famous for budget furniture in self-build flat-packs and huge stores, said it regretted removing the women from pictures in the annual booklet.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

PS: Ikea looking back, and forward

Designer Anna Wallin Irinarchos has fused the passion of her Mediterranean heritage with a pared-back Nordic design sensibility to help create two key pieces for Ikea.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Big brands backing 'greener' cotton

Popular international fashion brands have formed a consortium to grow environmentally-friendly cotton on a global scale for use in their products.

The initiative is backed and funded by 19 brands and retailers, including Adidas, H&M, IKEA, Levi's, Marks & Spencer and Nike, and also with grants from the Dutch, Swedish and Swiss governments.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Island life

We have always loved this house because it has a permanently open view,' says interior designer Debi Yeung-Salansy of her Lamma home. 'We don't really see any other houses, just trees and sky from most windows, and a gorgeous view from the roof.'

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am