/R E P E A T -- IKEA Group sales increased/

IKEA Canada gains market share

BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Despite the challenging economic situation in the world, fiscal year 2009 was a good year for the IKEA Group. The Group opened 15 new IKEA stores and entered its 25th market, with the new IKEA store in Dublin, Ireland. Sales increased to 21.5 billion Euro, which is an increase of 1.4 per cent compared to last year.

During Fiscal Year 2009 the IKEA Group built 15 new stores, relocated 3 stores, built one distribution centre and invested in several large shopping centre projects. In the coming years IKEA will focus on developing an even more attractive and affordable range of home furnishing products for peoples' different tastes. The IKEA Group will continue to expand according to its long term direction.

"It has been a challenging year in which we have had to adapt to changed market conditions," says Kerri Molinaro, President, IKEA Canada. "We know that many of our customers have less money to spend and our low price concept is therefore more relevant than ever. Our customers have recognized that in tough times IKEA has the better home furnishing offer."

While overall sales at IKEA Canada decreased by 2 per cent compared to last year, the furniture and home furnishings market decreased by 8 per cent (Statistics Canada, September 2008 to June 2009). With the turnaround in the economy, the rebuilding of three store showrooms and eight new Swedish Food Markets, IKEA Canada is positioned for positive growth this year.


    -   The Fiscal Year for the IKEA Group is September 1 to August 31
    -   The IKEA Group operates 267 IKEA stores in 25 countries. In addition
        there are 34 IKEA stores, that are owned and run by franchisees
        outside the IKEA Group, in 16 countries/territories
    -   The IKEA Group turnover for Fiscal Year 2009 was 21.5 billion Euro
    -   590 million people visited IKEA Group stores last year. The IKEA
        website (IKEA.com) had 561 million visits
    -   The IKEA catalogue was printed in almost 198 million copies in 52
        editions and 27 languages

About IKEA

IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 267 stores in 25 countries worldwide, which are visited by 590 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the ikea.com websites attracted 561 million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.ikea.ca or www.theIKEAway.ca


For further information: For further information: Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick, National Public Relations Manager, IKEA Canada, T: (905) 637-9440 x6378, madeleine.lowenborg-frick@ikea.com

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