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  1. June 4, 2013

    Google expands renewable energy sourcing with Swedish wind deal

    Google’s colossal presence is all too apparent when we log on to the internet, use a mobile phone or marvel at its foray...

  2. May 21, 2013

    El Corte Inglés pursues €5bn net debt restructuring

    El Corte Inglés, the world’s third-largest department store chain by sales, is seeking to restructure €5bn of net debt with...

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  1. May 2, 2013

    Ikea green light to open in India after lengthy delay

    Ikea finally won approval to open its flat-pack furniture stores in India, ending the Swedish retailer’s seven-year battle...

  2. April 11, 2013

    UK makes case for EU carbon plan

    Rejecting a plan to shore up the EU’s troubled carbon market will imperil investments in green technologies, said Ed Davey,...

  3. March 12, 2013

    An eye on costs sets the tone for success

    One of the most outstanding entrepreneurs I have ever worked with has one particular trait that I think is the secret of his...

  4. March 5, 2013

    Marriott and Ikea team up in Europe

    Europe’s crowded market in budget hotels is making room for a new entrant after Marriott announced it is teaming up with a...

  5. March 1, 2013

    Week in Review, March 2

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Corporate person in the news: Willie...

  6. February 25, 2013

    Ikea drawn into horsemeat scandal

    Ikea became the latest outlet to be embroiled in the Europe-wide horsemeat scandal on Monday after traces of the animal were...

  7. January 24, 2013

    Ikea founder questions rapid expansion

    Conflict appears to be brewing at the top of Ikea after the founder of the flat-pack furniture retailer expressed surprise...

  8. January 13, 2013

    Sweden’s back-to-the-future banker

    Once or twice a year, Pär Boman dons a golden badge emblazoned with “under education” and spends the day serving customers...

  9. January 13, 2013

    Handelsbanken grows using retail blueprint

    Pär Boman, chief executive of Handelsbanken, said looking at how clothes retailers, coffee shops and fast-food chains grow...

  10. November 13, 2012

    Ikea’s fiendishly complex construction

    A residential quarter in east London, budget hotels in Germany, a wind farm on a Swedish mountain and an eco-friendly...

  11. November 13, 2012

    Ikea to expand online offering

    Ikea is to make a renewed push into online shopping with more products and cheaper distribution, as the world’s largest...

  12. October 23, 2012

    Ikea eyes kitchen recycling in green push

    Ikea is exploring the possibility of offering the long-term lease of kitchens to its customers, as the flat-pack furniture...

  13. October 9, 2012

    Ikea applies to open stores in India

    Ikea, the Swedish home furnishing retailer, has applied to the Indian government to set up its stores in the country, taking...

  14. October 5, 2012

    Mideast poses ad minefield for westerners

    Ikea’s widely criticised airbrushing women out of the Saudi Arabian edition of its furniture catalogue is the latest in a...

  15. October 1, 2012

    IKEA CEO defends secretive culture

    Ikea’s chief executive said the privately-owned flatpack furniture retailer would continue to open up as he defended its...

  16. October 1, 2012

    Saudi Ikea: now you see her, now you don’t

    Ikea faced its latest controversy about its foreign operations after it emerged it had removed images of women from its...

  17. September 23, 2012

    Ikea boss promises more openness

    Understanding Ikea in the past has been akin to trying to build one of its pieces of furniture without an instruction...

  18. September 18, 2012

    Ikea reveals €20bn store expansion plan

    Ikea plans to double the pace of store openings until 2020 as the flat-pack furniture retailer aggressively expands in an...

  19. September 17, 2012

    Foreign direct investment: ‘Risky’ state also has its attractions

    It is little surprise that Ukraine has attracted only a quarter of the more than $200bn of foreign investment that has...

  20. September 17, 2012

    Ikea chief Ohlsson to step down

    Ikea prepared for leadership changes as the world’s largest furniture retailer by sales announced that a new chief executive...

  21. August 14, 2012

    Ikea to build budget hotels across Europe

    Ikea, the secretive but hugely successful budget furniture retailer, is looking to build and develop at least 100 budget...

  22. May 23, 2012

    China’s exporters look closer to home

    Faced with a 40 per cent drop in exports to Europe in the first quarter of this year, Chungping Ip is redoubling his efforts...

  23. May 10, 2012

    Put a spring back into your step at work

    Consider office work a slog? Feel like you’re on a hamster wheel? Then perhaps the addition of a treadmill desk to your work...

  24. March 29, 2012

    Villagers fight over patents in rural China

    Xu Song recently became the proud owner of 799 Chinese furniture patents. The problem is, he admits that he did not invent...

  25. March 18, 2012

    Ikea to face fresh spying claims from staff

    Ikea is to face fresh spying claims in France as another group of employees prepares to file a legal complaint this week...

  26. March 14, 2012

    Japanese convenience stores look overseas

    Lawson of Japan is talking to three potential partners in India, where it aims to open 20-30 stores beginning this year to...

  27. March 9, 2012

    Beware of old business axioms

    In business, there are many supposedly unchallengeable truths – which are often used to end debate, close meetings and...

  28. March 5, 2012

    Bloomberg publishes daily rich list

    Bloomberg has started publishing a daily ranking of the world’s 20 richest people in an effort to keep track of wealth...

  29. February 3, 2012

    The trend: culinary artists

    A scraped plate is the sign of a happy meal. But these days, the plate may be for sale too, if it takes your fancy. This is...

  30. January 29, 2012

    Lacklustre rally fails to ignite Putin base

    For weeks it was billed as the rally to launch Vladimir Putin’s presidential campaign. Fifteen thousand miners and machine...

  31. January 25, 2012

    Globalisation: one size does not fit all

    You might want your Big Mac to taste the same wherever in the world you sink your teeth into it. But do you think the person...

  32. January 24, 2012

    India: Chastened administration goes for liberalisation

    Within days of the start of this year, India introduced two big reforms. One was to open the equity markets more to foreign...

  33. January 23, 2012

    Wanted: marketers who know their place

    KFC tempura chicken strips get progressively spicier, the deeper you penetrate inland China. Iglo’s frozen fish fingers used...

  34. January 22, 2012

    Ikea shelves Indian retail market move

    Ikea is withholding its entry into India in spite of New Delhi’s move to open its market to foreign retailers as the Swedish...

  35. January 20, 2012

    Ikea: stuff of dreams

    Building up Ikea’s balance sheet from the few numbers it supplies is far more fun, for wannabe investors, than assembling...

  36. January 20, 2012

    Are you saying John Lewis isn’t perfect?

    I hear that Nick Clegg has called for a “John Lewis economy”. Who could be against a John Lewis economy? Indeed! All...

  37. December 28, 2011

    Wendy’s re-enters Japanese market

    If Wendy’s, the US hamburger chain, had any doubt whether it would be welcomed back into Japan – a market it withdrew from...

  38. November 6, 2011

    Marketing fails to resonate with shoppers

    Consumers believe that only one in five brands has a notable positive impact on their quality of life, suggesting that...

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