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Woman Finds 80 Skeletons Crammed Into Ikea Bags

Gruesome discovery made in Swedish church

(Newser) - Centuries-old skeletons should probably be 6 feet under—not overflowing out of blue Ikea bags and shoved under a tarp in a Scandinavian church. But that's exactly what Kicki Karlén says she recently found at the Kläckeberga church in Sweden. "There were loads of skulls and... More »

Hey Ikea and Gap, Your Raises Aren't That Great

Catherine Rampell: These 'baby steps' are fine, but we need a federal hike

(Newser) - Ikea and Gap have been busy patting themselves on the back of late for raising the minimum wage they pay their workers. The self-congratulation is a little much given the "baby steps" we're talking about here, writes Catherine Rampell at the Washington Post . Ikea, for instance, says it... More »

Ikea Accused of Spying on Employees, Customers

Only French arm of the company hit with allegations

(Newser) - Ikea in France allegedly spied on its employees—and some of its customers as well. The alleged investigations came to light via company emails that were leaked to the press last year and painted a picture of surveillance stretching back to 2002. Among the emails: Details regarding Virginie Paulin, who... More »

IKEA Toy With Rude Name Now a Protest Symbol

Wolf flies off shelves after one chucked at Hong Kong leader

(Newser) - IKEA stores in Hong Kong have completely sold out of the latest must-have item: A toy wolf whose name in Chinese sounds like what the South China Morning Post terms "an obscene three-word phrase in Cantonese associated with the female genitalia." Chronically unpopular chief executive CY Leung is... More »

Coming Soon to IKEA Shelves: Solar Panels

Don't worry: you won't have to install them yourself

(Newser) - IKEA is perhaps best known for flogging flat-packs of unpronounceable but affordable furniture and modestly-priced meatballs, but the Swedish-owned retailer will soon be adding a surprising new item to its UK stores: solar panels. At $9,200 for a pack of 18 panels, the product will be pricier than most... More »

Drunk Lady Passes Out, IKEA Lets Her Sleep It Off

After she vomited on a couch first

(Newser) - If you're going to get really drunk and pass out in public, aim for an IKEA. An apparently intoxicated woman recently stumbled into one of the furniture stores in Israel, vomited on a couch, and then passed out on a bed (after politely removing her shoes first). The employees... More »

Ikea's Latest: Refugee Shelters

Company's philanthropic arm plans major upgrade from tents

(Newser) - It sounds like the set-up to a really bad joke—the world's refugees are going to start using shelters from Ikea. But the idea actually has the potential to do a world of good, reports the Christian Science Monitor . The shelters from the Ikea Foundation, the furniture maker's... More »

He's Back: Gates World's Richest Person Once Again

First time he's held Bloomberg title since 2007

(Newser) - It's been a while—six years, to be precise—since Bill Gates was dubbed the richest person in the world by Bloomberg. But thanks to an ascendant Microsoft and a dent in Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's fortune—now $72.1 billion—Gates is again at the top with... More »

Now Ikea Has Elk Meat Problem

Chain yanks lasagna after another meat miscue is discovered

(Newser) - Maybe Ikea should just stick with furniture: First, its beef contained too much horse meat , and now its elk meat has too much pork. Ikea has pulled 17,000 packages of elk lasagna—you read that correctly—from stores across Europe because they contained about 1.6% pork, reports the... More »

More Ikea Food Woes: Horse Meat Hot Dogs

Only in Russia though

(Newser) - The last 10 days haven't been kind to Ikea's PR team, what with the horse meatballs and fecal bacteria-tinged chocolate cake . Today brings no relief: The furniture giant announced that it identified horse meat in hot dogs being sold in Russia and has pulled the offending products. The... More »

Ikea's New Food Woe: Fecal Bacteria in Cake

China confiscates tons of it after testing

(Newser) - If you thought horse meatballs were bad, this might cause you to swear off discount furniture store eateries forever. Chinese health authorities have confiscated two tons of Ikea's almond chocolate cakes that were shipped in from Sweden after they tested positive for a high level of coliform bacteria—which... More »

Ikea's Meatball Mess Spreads to 24 Countries

Meanwhile, frozen burger sales take huge dive in UK

(Newser) - Ikea's horse-meatball mess continues to grow. The retailer has now stopped offering meatballs in 24 European countries, der Spiegel reports. The company explained in a statement that, "The sales stop concerns meatballs manufactured by one supplier in Sweden and applies to all European countries except for Norway, Russia,... More »

Horse Meat Scandal's Latest Victim: Ikea Meatballs

Czech authorities find tainted meat destined for store restaurants

(Newser) - Ikea is the latest and most unlikely name to be dragged down in Europe's widening horse meat scandal. Czech veterinarian authorities today said they found horse meat in packaged Swedish meatballs destined for sale in restaurants inside the furniture giant's stores, reports the AP . The meat was labeled... More »

Ikea Offers Free Crib— 9 Months From Today

If you can hang onto the coupon for that long

(Newser) - It's Valentine's Day, and Ikea thinks you should be having sex, preferably of the baby-making variety. In a promotion spotted by AdWeek , Ikea Australia is offering what's normally a $99 crib for free to any baby born precisely nine months from today. Of course, the lucky parents... More »

Ikea: Sorry for Using Forced Labor to Make Furniture

Suppliers in communist East Germany used prison labor

(Newser) - Swedish furniture giant Ikea expressed regret today that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago. The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in... More »

Ikea Sorry for Erasing Moms in Saudi Catalog

Women wiped out in alternate universe

(Newser) - Ikea has apologized for eliminating women in catalogs distributed in Saudi Arabia, apparently so as not to offend Muslims. Scenes featuring families using Ikea furniture and other products are missing mothers in versions that appear in the Arab nation. Not a single woman appears on any of the pages, reports... More »

Ikea Building Its Own City District in Germany

Shops, apartments, and offices for thousands of people

(Newser) - Swedish furniture superpower Ikea will be assembling and delivering its very own city district, complete with shops, apartments, and office space for thousands of residents, in Hamburg, Germany. "We want to build a new city district for the benefit of Hamburg," says the head of Ikea's property... More »

Bombers Tried to Extort Money From Ikea: Cops

Two men in Poland charged with series of explosions

(Newser) - Bizarrre extortion case: Two men in Poland are charged with setting off bombs at eight Ikea stores throughout Europe over the last several months. Police say the pair demanded that the furniture chain pay $8 million for the bombings to stop, reports CNN . Only a few minor injuries were reported... More »

More Details of Nazi Past Haunt IKEA Founder

Secret service had file on Ingvar Kamprad, new book reveals

(Newser) - You may never feel the same way about buying cheap furniture again: IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was a member of Svensk Socialistisk Samling, a new book reveals. Swedish journalist Elisabeth Åsbrink reveals a 1943 file opened on Kamprad by the secret service, which concluded Kamprad must have held “... More »

Chinese Retail's Latest Rip-Off: Ikea

Part of a movement to cash in on established brands

(Newser) - Why create knock-offs of specific items when you can knock off an entire brand? A warehouse store in China called 11 Furniture has adopted almost everything from Ikea—from staged rooms and minimalist furniture designs to tiny pencils and an in-store restaurant. It's part of a rapidly growing market... More »

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