Ikea to open first South American stores

Ikea aims to open at least nine stores in Chile, Colombia and Peru in the next decade along with online sales channels for the three nations. (AFP)
Updated 18 May 2018

Ikea to open first South American stores

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s Ikea, which revolutionized affordable furnishing for households, is to expand its flat pack offers to South America for the first time.
The group announced on Thursday that it aims to open at least nine stores in Chile, Colombia and Peru in the next decade along with online sales channels for the three nations.
Inter Ikea Group’s chief executive Torbjorn Loof said in a statement that partnering with the Chilean department store and retail company Falabella “will give us the speed we need to be more accessible to the many.”
The two companies on Thursday signed an agreement which secured Ikea franchise rights in all three countries.
The Swedish giant is also exploring expansion opportunities in Mexico where it opened an office in April 2017.
Founded in 1943, the brand currently operates 418 stores in 49 markets.
Listed on the Santiago Stock Exchange, Falabella operates 494 stores, 42 shopping centers and employs more than 100,000 people in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico.


Report: 2 Iranian lawmakers arrested for ‘disrupting’ market

Updated 22 August 2019

Report: 2 Iranian lawmakers arrested for ‘disrupting’ market

  • The report did not reveal if they have been charged with any financial crimes
  • Iran arrested several people since 2018 on corruption charges

TEHRAN: Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says two lawmakers have been arrested for unspecified actions described as “disrupting” the country’s car market.
The report says the two lawmakers — Fereydoun Ahmadi and Mohammad Azizi — were initially taken to the Evin prison in Tehran but they were later released for about $85,000 in bail.
The report didn’t specify if the two have been charged with any financial crimes.
Iran is trying to crack down on corruption and has arrested several persons since 2018. Two prominent local businessmen have been hanged.
Iran’s economy nosedived since the US pullout from the nuclear deal last year. Prices of cars have skyrocketed as Western manufacturers pull out of the country and foreign-produced parts are becoming harder to find. China is trying to fill the void.